I'm a graduate student in the MAT program at UMBC. It is my first year in the program.
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Thu, Nov 06, 2014 4:15 PM in Technology in the classroom
Your bring up some interesting points. Incorporating technology can be both beneficial to students but it can also be a distraction for them if not supervised properly. In my opinion, I think that teachers are going to use iPads or laptops in the class it should be in small groups. That way the teacher can be supervise the students who are using the electronic devices. The teacher can have an acti...
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Mon, Nov 03, 2014 12:29 AM in Classroom Garden
I'm currently working on a 10 day lesson plan for elementary school students. I have planned to discuss and teach the students about what is involved in creating and maintaining a school garden. As well as teach them about the plants life cycles and vegetables that grow in certain times of the year. Has anyone ever done a school garden? If so, what activities and lessons did you incorporate? I'm o...
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 11:24 AM in How do you take science home?
I have an idea for studying nature at home. The is an assignment that I am currently doing for one of my classes. It is called the "Greening Down Project." This involves have the students obverse a tree near their home. The students keep a journal and describe the weather conditions, temperature, and any changes they notice. The changes could be if the leaves change color, or the leaves start to f...
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Sun, Oct 26, 2014 12:13 PM Weather Experiments
I like how this article incorporated the Next Generation Science Standards core ideas into the science/engineering project.The article explains the step by step process teachers should take with their students. The students are engaged in the activity because they are first asked to describe their one experiences with weather before beginning the activity. The activity is great because it is an activity that the teacher can do with the students in a week not just one day. As the days go by the students get more engaged and motivated to complete the activity. I can't wait to be able to do this with my students!
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Sun, Oct 26, 2014 12:03 PM Learning Sounds
This article is packed with lots of ideas on how to teach about sound vibrations. The students learn about how sounds are created and transmitted and how the sound can change depending on the position of the instrument. I think this a great activity to do with students because not only do they get to hear the different pitches instruments make but they can also feel the different vibrations instruments can make. Students always learn more when it is a hands on activity vs. just reading about a topic.
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