Friday, October 31, 2008

Look Out! It's a Mad Scientist!

The promised photos of a group of Mad Scientists. We had an absolute blast all day!

Check out those intestines!

Alien Slime and sensory bottles

It's a brain!

Flubber experiment

Playing with "oobleck"

For those of you who are curious, I took most of the photos so this is the only one I'm in. I'm the one with the wild hair third from the right.


  1. G'day,

    We don't "do" Halloween down here in Australia, but I hear plenty from all my USA friends and I am a geek so I thoroughly love your fastastic mad scientists!! I was wowed by your stuff in Lon's carnival - you've put a huge effort into that and it sure shows in all those smiles on your students' faces :) I hope you've given yourself a huge pat on the back these efforts!

    Also, I probably should know that but what does "SMD" stand for? Oh! Severe & multiple disabilities? I'm not a teacher and I don't know much about special ed... actually most of what I do know is from Kate Ahern and Lon's blogs. I'm just a person with disabilities who runs and types a lot... does "severe and multiple disabilities" always mean there's an intellectual disability when you use it like that? It seems to, at least in your classroom, but by the literal words there I have severe and multiple disabilities, they're just almost all physical ones. Language is interesting like that...

    Anyway, thanks for great writing - keep up the good work!

    I now have the tune for the "Hokey Pokey" stuck in my head. It's ALL YOUR FAULT!!! :)

  2. It looks like all of your mad scientists had a wonderfully fun day- YEAH! Thanks for sharing the pictures.
    anne marie

  3. Hi Ricky!
    Thanks for commenting (thanks to you, too Anne Marie)! It's soooo cool to hear from someone all the way from Australia (I've always wanted to go there)! I've visited ATMac once or twice (sorry, we're PC but the info is still very useful). Yes SMD does equal severe and multiple disabilities, and, at least where I am, almost always means the person has severe intellectual disabilities paired with one or more other disabilities (physical, sensory, and/or communication). I'm not sure who had more fun at our Mad Scientist Party--the kids or the adults! You should have seen the grown-up acting like a bunch of giggly teenagers doing hair and make-up and playing with the experiments. Quite a riot (especially when I let one of my female students choose my make up for me; she's blind but ALWAYS picks wild colors--like electric blue and hot pink eye shadow; I totally forgot I had the make up on and my husband took me out to dinner; I thought all the stares were because my hair looked good til I got home!!).
    Hey! If you need a new song to echo in your head, why not try the "Chicken Dance?" Na na na na na na. Na na na na na na na. Na na na na na na clap clap clap.... :-)

  4. Hey crazy hair lady, I wanna be in your class!

    Lots of love to you, your staff and stoodents,

    Pete Wells xxx