My passion lies in teaching and discovering new ways to teach.  This blog is my means to connect to students and professionals in the world of education.

Currently, I teach chemistry  at The Nightingale-Bamford School, an independent day school in the upper east side of Manhattan. I have previously taught chemistry, physics and engineering at Culver Academies, as well as  Chicago Public Schools at Roberto Clemente Community Academy, a high school in the predominantly Puerto Rican neighborhood of Humbolt Park in Chicago. In addition I’ve spent three wonderful years teaching chemistry and physical science at Oak Park and River Forest High School in the Chicago suburbs. Each teaching experience has flavored the methods and implementation of my teaching style, and each school honed a different facet of the educator that I am today.

7 responses to “About

  1. Hi! Great work on here…how random that I was reading about your student-centered inquiry and noticed that you were from a school that I just worked with for the past few days. I started this blog after an intensive electronic curriculum mapping institute in Chicago for 22 high schools (Clemente being one). About 40 science professionals representing these schools came together to work on Science Area Core maps with Dr. Heidi Jacobs and her team (curriculumdesigners.com). I am trying to get this blog rolling for the rest of the science team…is there any way to link some of your posts or info onto our blog? I don’t know how this works.

    • You are more than welcome to link posts that you feel are appropriate onto other blogs. Just make sure that you include my blog address as well as indicate that I am the author of these posts. If you are having issues linking the posts, please feel free to send me an email at pcook(at)nightingale(dot)org.

  2. Hi Philip,

    Found your blog on Twitter #scichat. Nice work!

    Do you teach with Mark Prochaska?

    If so, tell him that James River High School has some physics equipment here we need him to identify. 🙂

    Also, we miss his “spirit fingers”!


    Timothy Couillard
    James River High School
    Midlothian, VA

  3. Hi Phillip!
    Great blog!

    I would like to ask you about the clay extrusion, as you can see, I’ve built a 3d ceramic printer –>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1LF14QhNyY

    I am using a Progressive cavity pump, and seen you are using Auger extruder + pressurized refilling tank. I’ve tried this method before, but figured that it isn’t reliable for two reason:
    1. The plastic auger is eaten after a few prints (I’m talking about 5 hours print time, with about 2KG of material)
    2. The clay viscosity should be kept very low, otherwise, it won’t flow in the auger.

    Do you agree with me on that or do you have a ‘magic’ way to make this extruder works reliably?


    erangalor @ yahoo.com

    • The ceramic printing work just began over this summer, so we haven’t had enough print time to determine how the auger will wear. I do know that quite a bit of effort was put into developing the right consistency of porcelain slip so that it would flow well, yet still retain its shape once extruded. I’ll forward your contact info to the rest of the group working on the project, as I was only a summer participant.

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