• 4-15-20

    Good Morning, You Wonderful Kids!


    GREAT job with our first shot at Distance Learning.  We both hope you enjoyed the review of mapping from Monday.  Todays micro-lesson on Geologic Time will ALSO be, at least in part, a review for some students.  Most of the work, however, will be new to everyone.


    Since this is 8th grade I guess that makes all you students our QuaranTEENS. Huh?  HA HA HA HA – Sorry another Dad Joke – Force of Habit.


    Recall that each Monday and Wednesday we are going to present a lesson (micro-unit) on an important re view topic before you go to High School next year. These are designed to provide you with 40 minute active teaching lessons followed by 35 minutes of independent work for you to accomplish on your own on each day.


    We are ALWAYS going to be presenting the SAME material to BOTH Ms Bach’s and Dr B’s classes.  Remember, although we merging assignments, the independent work you do should be turned in to your assigned teacher: my students turn it in to me and Ms Bach’s, to her.  Most students have found it easiest to submit the work by taking a photograph of it and then emailing that to use, although you could also simply save it to the Google Drive and share it with us.  But the bottom line is that ANY way you get it to us that works (we need to be able to read it!) is FINE!


    The work will be provided on the new academic platform, in our Google Classroom to which you have all been invited, AND linked to both of our sites.  If ANYTHING is ever unclear PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE contact Ms Bach or me by email, and we will do everything we can to help you out.


    Here’s hoping that we get back together IN PERSON before the end of the school year.  Everybody do your Coronavirus-Be-Gone Dance at 3:15PM on your back porch!  Aesculapius is WATCHING!  Governor Baker will get us back by May 4th!  (BOY am I an optimist.)


    Now relax, take a deep breath, and let’s have some fun with Geologic Time.



    4-13-20     Good Morning, You Wonderful Kids!

    Good Morning, You Wonderful Kids!


    Welcome to Distance Learning 101, the class where, technologically speaking, most of you are already ahead of the teacher!


    As you have heard, each week, on Mondays and Wednesdays, Ms Bach and I are going to produce 75 minute lessons for you to continue your Science education work at home during the quarantine.  We are working to provide you with active 40 minute lessons followed by 35 minutes of independent work for you to accomplish on your own on each day.


    We are going to be presenting the SAME material to BOTH Ms Bach’s and Dr B’s classes. 


    I guess that puts all of us on the same QuaranTEAM.  HA HA HA HA – Sorry! Dad Joke. – Force of Habit.


    As you may guess, our classes are not in perfect synchronization.  So these first lessons will be partially review for some students.  Some of the work, however, will be new to everyone. 


    All of the work is mounted in the Google Classroom to which each and every one of you has been invited. 


    Again I remind you , if you have NOT gotten an invitation to join the classroom, NOTIFY ME, DR B, IMMEDIATELY.  The system spit your email out for some reason, and I simply have to delete you from the classroom and re-invite you.  Easy-Peasy!


    Our intention is to provide links to the work (Our Google Classroom) on the new academic platform that you have all been introduced to AND on both of our sites.  If ANYTHING is ever unclear, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE contact Ms Bach or me by email, and we will do everything we can to help you out.  Ms Bach and I are determined to be available by email as often as possible during the week.


    Right now we are hoping that the only materials that you will need for our work are a computer, a printer, paper, and pencils.  If we think you may need graph paper, we will put a template of a graph page on one of our websites.


    Now although we are going to merge the assignments, if you have work to turn in, turn it in to your assigned teacher: my students turn it in to me, and Ms Bach’s, to her.


    This week – April 13, 2020 – We have two micro-units on topics with which many of you are already familiar:  Mapping and Geologic Time.


    Here’s hoping that we get back together IN PERSON before the end of the school year.


    Missing you all terribly

    Dr B


    IFF you have not recieved an invitation to join Google classrooms from me,

    contact me ASAP so that you TOO can start playing the games!


    4-6-20  OK A QUICK NOTE FOLKS! 


    I am on a steep learning curve for some of this technology, and I apologize for any disclarity in my instructions.  One of your peers pointed out to me that it is not obvious how to get to the games in Google Classroom, which is true. 


    Once you enter our Google classroom using the invitation that I sent to each of you, there should be a menu bar at the top, and one of the choices is Classwork.  If you click on that link, you should access the links to all the Legends of Learning games I have so far approved for our use.  Ms Bach's class are using these links too, so we should all be on the same page!


    Good luck, and let me know if you have any trouble with any of my instructions. 


    Or just email me to let me know that you are OK!


    Dr B 


    4-5-20  - OK Fellow Scientists

    As promised, There is a NEW GAME on the google classroom this morning.  IN Fact there are TWO new games!  Both of them allow you to review Eukaryotic cells and some of the most important organelles in them.


    The first is called "Cell Explorers", and it is the slightly more difficult game of the two.  The second is called "Around and Around", and it covers the same material but in a somewhat less stressful way!  


    Don't lose patience with Cell Explorers! (There are an awful lot of viral mines you have to blow up!😊



    4-3-20 -

    Well Hello Fellow Scientists!


    I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to see so many smiling faces saying hi on the parade route last week.  If you were there – THANK YOU!  IF you couldn’t be there, well it was a sight to behold.  The parade lasted four hours and covered most of South Hadley.  It really warmed our hearts!  Thank you! 


    I hope that you have had plenty of science work to be going on with. 


    There will be a new game on the google classroom tomorrow morning and we are going to start a section on Geologic time (to follow up on our Asterisk lab) next week. 


    In the meantime, make sure that you have read Chapters 1-5 in the Forces and Energy book before we move on. 


    I would also recommend that you make flash cards from the vocabulary words that are listed in each Chapter Summary at the end of every chapter so that you will be able to review the vocabulary when we get back to school without rereading all the chapters.  Those study guides are on pages 60, 98, 126, and 148. 


    We will NOT be reading Chapter 6 which is on Acids and Bases because that material is entirely new and will require more introduction.


    Stay Healthy, Stay Safe, and PLEASE keep in touch!

    Dr B


    3-31-20 -

    DON'T MISS THE PARADE TODAY.  We are starting at the South Hadley High School AT 12:00 PM!  Please come out and say HI!  I miss you all!

    Good Morning Science Folks! 


    OK Dr Bonneville has posted the map for our parade route this morning on the website and sent it out in a tweet so I am going to send a copy to all of you and put it on my website too. The copy I sent by email is better quality if you are trying to see detail!


    I really hope you can all come out to the route and say hi.  I really miss each and every one of you.

    Dr Blaisdell


    Parade Route




    3-30-20 - DON'T MISS THE PARADE TOMORROW AT 9:00AM.  Starting at the high school




    Two Moles


    Alright folks, a student who rather creatively re-interpreted the directions for using the texts contacted me for clarification.  JUST in case others made the same faulty assumption, let me clarify. 


    You are accessing the on-line text so that you can READ the assigned chapters and take notes, and answer the intertextual questions, just like you have been doing in class all year long.   You must NOT stop on the Interactive Science Page.  Those menus do NOT lead you to the text.


    When you get to the Interactive Science Page, you MUST click on the little blue book icon with the red bookmark in the upper right corner to get to your on-line book text.  To see this just click on The Big Question and the icon will appear.  You will HAVE to allow popups for this to work, and you may have to allow Flash player to work. 


    You do NOT have to do ANY of the work on the Interactive Science Page or the online videos or labs! 


    I hope that clarifies things for anyone who is struggling (this is the first I have heard of it) and feel free to touch base with me if you have any difficulties. I will make this an addendum to the online instructions on my helpful resources page.


    Stay SAFE, Stay HEALTHY, and I REALLY hope to see you at the parade tomorrow!!  Come on out and say hello!


    3-29-20  - OK, no snow, but do NOT get too complacent.  We are going to have freezing temperatures again next Tuesday the 31st!!  Don't plant your potatoes just yet. 


    I hope that by now you have been able to try out the science video games I have linked to our google classroom.  I emailed everyone the link to the classroom, and I have 4 or 5 games from Legends of Learning linked to that site.  CJ has been setting the standard for burning through the levels. 

    These games are meant to be FUN and to review material that you have already had, either this year or in the previous two years. 


    We still haven't received a final word about what Massachusetts is going to do about MCAS, but all this material is good review, whether or not we proceed with testing!  IFF you are having any trouble accessing the games, let me know.  You can also sign in through the Legends of Learning website, but you need to create an account, do a tutorial, and have an access code to that. It is MUCH better to access the games through the google classroom! 




      Think like a proton and stay positive Art Print by theimagezone ...




    3-24-20             GOOD MORNING fellow scientists!

    Well, on this SNOWY March morning I believe we are ready to move ahead in our study of Forces and Energy, while also taking a step back!  I am assigning today Chapters 4 and 5 from your Force and Energy text.  Remember this text is always online if you “accidently” left it at school!  Instructions for accessing the text from home are, as they have always been, on my website.


    So, please read Chapters 4 and 5, take good notes, and answer the intertextual questions.  I would anticipate that if you work away on this for an hour a day (half hour for class missed and half hour for homework) it should take 3-4 days, and I will then share my thoughts about Specific Heat.The “step back” lies in the fact that you all are already VERY familiar with thermal energy and its many manifestations. 


    The most important NEW concept in Chapter 5 is that of specific heat and, as I mentioned, I will share some separate thoughts about that in a couple of days.


    The most important principle in Chapter 4, of course, is the LAW of the Conservation of Energy and I have included a link (BELOW) to a rather entertaining lecture by a remarkable professor named Walter Lewin about precisely that subject – the Conservation of Energy.  I hope that this is enjoyable AND informative.




    Addendum 3-23-20 

    It has come to my attention that SOME of you have the mistaken notion that I am expecting work to be turned in while we are in quarantine. 

    This is NOT the case. 

    The due dates are suggested dates for when things should be completed at home. I am not collecting ANYTHING until 2 days AFTER we return to school.

    So do not worry about getting me work in any format.  I hope that clarifies things!! Again, if you have any questions, drop me an email.

    Dr B


    3-23-20  GOOD MORNING fellow science-farers 

    I hope that this finds you and your loved ones all in the best of health, albeit a bit bored, wearied, irked, and well, frankly, miffed (pardon my French) with this seemingly interminable delay in your scientific education! NOT TO WORRY, even though today you have another strong reason for staying at home (here comes the Onion snow!  Look it up!), Dr Blaisdell would not leave you without some interesting tidbit to keep your hand in the Science pool. 

    Today it is a video from NOVA on a subject that has been central to what we have been studying all year long: Patterns in Nature and the Shape of Things. This video explores how certain shapes continue to turn up in nature often in the most disparate of settings. 

    I have stressed all year that science is ultimately about "Pattern Recognition", and this video really points out the importance of looking in many, many places for those patterns.

    I hope that you enjoy this, and I would strongly recommend you take notes on the points you find most helpful!! You will need to use Chrome as your browser, or some other browser, as I could not get this to work on Firefox!



    OBTW - I am checking my email regularly, so, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to touch base by email with me.  Stay healthy!



    ADDENDUM for 3-19-20:  11:45 PM - Happy Vernal Equinox (That's the first day of Spring!!)  Tomorrow you can use your outdoor walk time to look for Crocuses, Daffodils, and Tulips!  ALWAYS welcome the Spring with open arms!  Do your very best happy dance (it's very like your snow dance!)  If you would like a little more cerebral information on the vernal equinox, one good resource is the following website:  



    3-19-20 -For those of you watching for updates - Ms Remer has put up a GREAT link for other extracurricular activites for learning while we are trappe... er, "Exiled for the Good of the Kingdom"! Please find it on our MESMS website OR by following the link below! 



    I also have attached a link (BELOW!) to a Bill Nye video that may help you navigate the murky waters of Chapters 2 and 3 as you read them.  I think it is a useful adjunct!  ENJOY! 



    In ADDITION, (As a special bonus because I am so devoted to you!) I have attached (BELOW) a link to a video documentary on how to build a REALLY cool Roller Coaster.  It's all about potential and kinetic energy and the transformation between the two.  This is for your enjoyment!  I can absolutely see some of you topping these engineers for spills and thrills in 10-20 years! 




    OYE OYE OYE - Ahoy, all you science sailors on these turbulent Coronavirus Seas!!  PLEASE NOTE ALL STUDENTS that I outlined the work you may pursue at home while we are out of school in class last Thursday and Friday.


    BUT, I have summarized it again on my Helpful Resources Page (tab to the left) and you may use any of the suggestions to keep up with your science education while we are out.  So far it sounds like the MCAS are still a go for May.  Have fun, play games, read books, and use these online resources to keep your hand in the science game! 


    ABOVE ALL - stay healthy


    Greetings to all 8th Grade Scientists!!!


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    Kids or parents may contact me anytime at:

    2019-2020 promises to be an exciting year of scientific discovery filled with experiments, nature walks, and tours over and under the planet Earth.

    Some of our journey this year will be beautiful ...


    Some quite terrifying


    The only constant is that the

    world of science is never boring to a critical mind;

    a mind that CONSTANTLY asks questions!




    So we will gather, as a group of curious investigators: 



    Some of us will be easygoing



    Some tenacious

    Some curious

    Others cautious

    and some just in it for the fun

    But it will ALWAYS be ELECTRIFYING




    Some Stay Safe and Think INSIDE the box

    Others are brave enough to think OUSTIDE the box

    Don't worry if you don't get it all at once;

     Just pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again!



    So as the Pennsylvania Dutch say,

    Rufen oft und lange bleiben!

    "Call often and stay long!"

Dr. Theodore Blaisdell



Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. Theodore Blaisdell

Dr B has ALWAYS been an enthusiastic TIGER!


Dr B was born (yes he was actually a baby once.  (Not a small baby but a baby)) in Philadelphia, PA at the University of Pennsylvania Hopsital in 19 ...mumble mumble mumble.



After 18 short years he wandered his way northward to New Hamshire where he attend Dartmouth College and majored in Religion.  There he continued his Tiger passion:


Ted then decided to go to Medical school and attended Hahnemann Medical school in Philadelphia and then did an internship in surgery at Dartmouth-Mary Hitchcock Medical Center and then a residency in Family Practice at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster PA. 


After practicing Family Medicine for a number of years Dr B decided to upursue graduate education in English with an eye toward studying and teaching Medicine and Literature as interdisciplines.


Dr B went back to Lehigh University, got his Masters in English, and was completing his PhD work when he got a job in Philadelphia teaching Medicine and Literature in Philadelphia.


Soon Dr B and his family moved BACK to New England, and he began to substitute teach in South Hadley.  Dr B fell in love with South Hadley and teaching 8th grade science and has been here ever since.