For Educators

Welcome educators! Many of my readers use Sky Lights as a resource for teaching astronomy, meteorology, or earth science. Teachers from middle school through high school tell me it’s been a valuable supplement to their regular course content. Sky Lights is also used by home-schoolers who need assistance with math and science.

Not surprisingly, even if you’re an expert in math or science, it can be difficult to get children interested in those topics. They’re generally good at visual learning, due in part to growing up with computers. So I strive to make the graphic, photo, or video in each post illustrate clearly the topic under discussion. Visual educational resources are a great supplement to any course of study.

This page suggests strategies teachers and parents can employ for effective integration of Sky Lights. It also explains a few things all users should know about Sky Lights:

  • Sky Lights is not a substitute for a textbook, online or in print. It’s a supplement designed to stimulate curiosity, guide inquiry, and provide explanations for difficult concepts.
  • The average reading level for Sky Lights is grades 7-9, but precocious 5-6th graders find it understandable. All content is tested for grade level here: http://www.readability-score.com/
  • Topics focus on astronomy, meteorology, and earth science, with occasional forays into other branches of science. Much of the choice is driven by current events or astronomical cycles. For specific topics in each area, see BROWSE ALL POSTS and you’ll likely find what you’re looking for. There’s 400+ posts in my archives.
  • All content on this website is copyrighted or in the public domain. Educators are excepted from some of the copyright limitations, and are free to use and duplicate most of what’s here. For details, see Legal.
  • You do not need a telescope or other equipment to benefit from Sky Lights. Binoculars can be useful, and most any type will work fine. The only “experiments” suggested relate to basic visual observations.
  • My Links page contains additional resources you might find useful. I’ve reviewed all of them for their pedagogical value and suitability for students. You can trust those links.

If you want to use Sky Lights as more than just a reading assignment, say, for written reports or student-generated tests, I highly recommend citation exploration as a requirement. Most Sky Lights posts contain links to outside resources and/or earlier posts. Any post can stand on its own as an educational tool, but for greater depth on any topic these links can be useful. They are chosen to avoid ads and generally access government, academic, or professional institutions.

I taught math and science for 30 years, so I know it’s not easy. But I’m here to help. Suggestions for topics are always welcome. Simply Ask a Question. Again, welcome and best wishes in your educational endeavors.