Author Archives: Mr. Bigler

About Mr. Bigler

Physics teacher at Lynn English High School in Lynn, MA. Proud father of two daughters. Violist & morris dancer.

Making A Student Cry

I made one of my students cry this afternoon. +60   

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Your Wish is My Command

Every year, on the first day of school, I subject my classes to a ruse in which I eat a “candle”. I get out a candle holder and put a candle inside it. I lead a class discussion in which … Continue reading

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Saving Grandpa’s Life: The Value of Science Education

My father, the wonderful and caring person whom my students can blame for much of my sense of humor, is in the hospital. (He’s doing well and should be released in a few days.) While my fourteen-year-old daughter Margaret didn’t … Continue reading

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Senior Prank 2014

This morning, Lynn English’s Class of 2014 pulled their senior prank, which was a brief, raucous party in the third-floor corridor of the school. Students had various types of party noisemakers. They filled the hallways with confetti as they sang, … Continue reading

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How a Fuse Works

My physics classes are studying electricity.  One of the demos I do for electricity is to show how a fuse works by exploding a strand of wire. +13-4   

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Childhood Regained

Three years ago, I taught a one-year stint in a “no excuses” charter school.  (It was the least satisfying year of my teaching career.)  The biology teacher and I started a science team. Problem solving and building things with power … Continue reading

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The Ninety-Five Percent Solution

One of my father-in-law’s astute observations of human behavior is that most people do not correctly perceive ratios or probabilities less than 5% or greater than 95%.  A greater-than-95% chance of something occurring becomes irrationally either “It definitely will happen,” … Continue reading

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Self-Esteem Starts With Esteem

A couple of days ago, I received a voice mail inviting me (personally) to audition for America’s Got Talent.  This amused me, and prompted me to post it to Facebook, asking the rhetorical question “I wonder what they think I … Continue reading

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I’m Better Than My Progress Report

Mid-quarter progress reports were handed out at the end of the day today.  When I mentioned them at the end of one of my classes, one of my students looked a little sad.  I asked if her progress report was … Continue reading

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Poverty and Cognitive Ability

I just read an article with an interesting finding in Science News: “Poverty may tax thinking abilities.”  The research, originally published in Science, claims that financial concerns that arise from living in poverty “damages reasoning abilities about as much as going … Continue reading

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