My favorite subject in school, when I was younger, was definitely Science, specifically Geology. Science always captured my imagination in ways that exceeded other subjects. My early science teachers did a wonderful job of empowering minds in the classroom in a way that left a lifelong impact.

I lived next to an open field in a suburban semi-arid desert so there were lots of interesting rocks to be found. Sometimes we would find geodes, crystals, and other interesting rocks. Occasionally someone would find fossils in rock, but usually, the fossils of deceased animals would be readily available, which I found fascinating!

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My mother especially stoked this interest by buying me souvenir rocks when we would go places. My rock collection became one of my prized possessions. I still remember the old blue Vans shoebox it was in.

The rocks would also double as backdrops for playtime battles between the G.I. Joe figurines, Transformers, and the Star Wars figurines. Some had distinctive magic powers that could help one side or the other.

This surprises some people because I ended up being a history teacher, but I didn’t really get interested in history until high school, and even then, it was more of a secondary subject.

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  1. What was your favorite subject in school?
  2. Did it change over time?

10 Great Websites for Learning About Science

  1. Khan Academy ( Offers a wide range of science courses and educational content for free.
  2. National Geographic ( Provides educational resources and articles on a variety of scientific topics, especially related to nature and the environment.
  3. ScienceDaily ( A trusted source for breaking news and research in all fields of science.
  4. Smithsonian Institution ( Offers educational resources, exhibitions, and research materials across various scientific disciplines.
  5. NASA ( The official website of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration provides a wealth of information about space and space exploration.
  6. TED-Ed ( Features a collection of science lessons and educational videos from experts in the field.
  7. Coursera ( Offers online science courses from top universities and institutions, some of which are free to audit.
  8. PBS NOVA ( A companion website to the popular science documentary series, offering in-depth resources and educational content.
  9. HowStuffWorks ( Provides easy-to-understand explanations and articles on various scientific and technological topics.
  10. Science News for Students ( Aimed at young learners, this website covers current scientific discoveries and events in an accessible way.

Source: OpenAI. (2020). GPT-3.

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