Twitter Fun Times

Every once in a while, I'm reminded of how much of a geek I really am. Case in point:  The fantastic and always readable Carl Zimmer posted this piece on his blog about recent developments in the 25-year, 59,000 generation E. coli evolution experiment occurring in the Lenski laboratory at the University of Michigan.

Always on the lookout for things I can use in AP Bio, I took the original blog post, and slapped a few active exercises on the end for my students.  When it was done, I figured I could post a link to the activity on twitter, as I participate in a somewhat-significant community of biology teachers on said medium:

Wouldn't you know it, the man himself, figured it was worth a re-tweet.


Such are the highlights in the life of a science teacher, recently finished with the first full week of teaching in the new year.

Have a lovely weekend, all!

Update (1.13):  I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the above-mentioned assignment had come to the attention of Dr. Lenski, as well.  So not only has this activity gotten some "Zimmer props", it's also now "Lenski-approved"!

How great is it to be able to teach in this age, where the scientists and writers you are using with your kids are literally a tweet away!

Stuck in my pocket: This Is The Internal Grading System Google Uses For Its Employees — And You Should Use It Too

I've taken to blogging anything that I stick into my Pocket bin:

The OKR system came from Intel. Google took to OKRs pretty much immediately and has been using it ever since.OKRs are a simple way to create structure for companies, teams, and individuals. Even if your company doesn't use OKRs, they can be helpful in your personal life, or for yourself at work.

from Pocket