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The Classroom Astronomer is a full color, quarterly PDF publication designed as a practitioner journal for classroom teachers of astronomy. While centered at the high school level, it also provides tips, techniques and informative how-to articles for teachers of grades K-8 and undergraduate college "Astro 101" courses. Our mission is to increase the amount of astronomy in the school systems and improve the skills of teachers.
Cover Story! The Hermeneutics of the Hogwarts School for Magic and Wizardry - Astronomy in the Harry Potter novels and films have been done before, but as a teacher, don't you wonder about the whole curriculum? We use two qualitative research methods that you yourself can use with students or pre-service teachers to figure out the curriculum, its entire science component, its philosophical underpinnings, and its origins. Examples of Muggle teachers using Harry Potter to teach science are also given.
Longitude and Latitude on a Stick--Anywhere! - Everybody
knows you can get your latitude by observing Polaris but did you know
you have more than one way to measure your latitude or longitude, and
that you can do so from anywhere in the world, north or south? You
don't need a pole star to do so, just a pole!
Reeling In the Next Generation Science Standards--One Educator's Approach - Oh,
no, not another national standard to adjust your course
curriculum! Here is how one educator to a popular online resource
and made it conform to the NGSS, and how you can do so for your own
Teaching Astronomy on the Roof of the World - More than a review of Chris Impey's book Humble Before the Void,
this article gives insight to astronomy teachers on how to teach while
keeping respect for other cultures' views and different student
More Than the Moon Gets Eclipsed; Humor and a Teachnique - In
early preparation for the next total lunar eclipse, here's a way to
easily demonstrate umbras and penumbras, and a text message exchange
between adult and student about 'homework."
Pictures from this Issue!
...this website and the quarterly publications would certainly be one of my most valuable resources...(they) have many practical suggestions for classroom and evening activities to make astronomy more accessible for high school students. - W. Brouwer, reviewer, Alberta, Canada AAPT section
Most articles in TCA are up to the standard of The Science Teacher. - B. Palmquist, professor of physics/science education, Central Washington University
...(TCA) is notable for its infectious enthusiasm. Give this unpretentious journal a chance. - Magazines for Libraries
Your magazine will be a good resource both for me, and for the B. Ed. students who are taking the elementary science course...Well-done! - Terry Bridger, Queens University, Canada
I just spent my lunch hour reading through it, and it's a lot of fun with some good classroom ideas ready to go. - Colin Jagoe, Kawartha Pine Ridge, District School Board, Canada
I have just subscribed to your magazine and have read the fall issue. What a great concept! What a fantastic resource! Thank you for taking your love of the skies and turning it into something that will help us teachers create a future generation of knowledgeable sky observers! - Deborah J. Snow, Perrysburg Jr. High, OH
An impressive mass of interesting material! - Guy Ottewell, Author Astronomical Calendar
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The Classroom Astronomer is published by Hermograph Press LLC, Marietta, GA
Publisher/Editor: Dr. Larry Krumenaker