California Educator

June/July 2019

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The Science of Anime CHRIS MEHARG, East Side Teachers Association, has found a unique way to entertain students while teaching them something. The self-described science nerd and anime aficionado teaches high school biology and also writes Anime Science 101 (, which breaks down how science is portrayed in anime and video games. The blog has tips on how to use the info in the classroom, such as conducting a standard chemistry lab flame test based on characters from the Japanese manga series Fairy Tail. Meharg's personal favorite? Explaining how viruses kill cells by citing Naruto blowing up a snake in the Forest of Death by making numerous shadow clones inside of it. We'll have to study up. Often educators' creativity spills over into a book, blog, app or other work. We're happy to showcase members' talents. "Hey, that's me!" As a stay-at-home mom and then a reading special- ist, PHELICIA L ANG struggled to find books for her children and students with characters that looked like them and reflected them in a positive way. The Antioch Education Association member created Me on the Page (, to produce and promote "what is true, healthy, and good … so our children see themselves on the page." The Tay Early Reader series is the first out and is available on the site, as well as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Next up: a series for girls. "My greatest joy comes when I hear children say, 'Hey, that's me!'" after reading one of her books, Lang says. "Encouraging the kids to dream big dreams and be kind is the message I want to impart to them." 57 J U N E / J U L Y 2 019 From Within C

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