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Thu, Mar 13, 2014 10:51 AM in Your Favorite Lesson
After exploring the NSTA resources and being exposed to so many different topics in science I have gain so much interest in many topics! SOme such as living and nonliving things, the interdependance of life (which is a huge topic) but my favorite is EARTH, SPACE, the Solar System and our Universe! THere are soo many interesting facts, theories and opinions to learn about! I loove to explore the E...
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Thu, Mar 13, 2014 10:39 AM in 1st year teachers and parents
HI! As a teacher I know you will go above and beyond for your students. I think If you let the parents know every two weeks exactly what awesome things you are doing in your class they will feel secure and happy to have a teacher that keeps them up to date. As a parent myself, I have no idea what what my daughter does in school. I ask her and she is clueless half the time. A personal letter from...
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Articles For Conceptual Lesson Plan Collection
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 9:45 AM AWESOME COLLECTION FOR BEGINNING TEACHERS
Salish’s shared collection contains numerous articles that will assist teachers just entering their field. The articles list strategies for developing inquiry lessons and ways to include all your students from low level to high level, from ESOL to ESE. The article Helping Students with Learning Disabilities provides a large list of ways to accommodate students with learning disabilities. The list incorporates accommodations for homework assignments, assessing and how to make the most of class time.
Articles that help make a classroom more active, hands-on and experimental are called inquiry based classrooms. This collection contains several articles that explain what teachers are to do to promote more inquiry in their science classrooms. Pathways to inquiry helps determine the balance between structure and freedom and how much responsibility should be given to the learner. The article Inquirize Your Teaching discusses subtle shifts that a teacher makes to obtain a successful inquiry classroom.
Instructional Diversity, although an old article, brings to light techniques that teachers can use today to reach students of all learning styles. It specifies the different teaching modalities and how to use them. It’s short, sweet and to the point.
This collection also has the article Safety first which is essential for helping teachers lay ground rules in his/her classroom about safety. It shows the teacher how to implement rules and even gives a sample safety contract that can be customized to fit classrooms from elementary to high school.
My favorite reading in this collection is Quizzing Students on the Myth of Science. I personally enjoyed this article because it corrected some of my misconceptions. This would be a great quiz to give students at the beginning of the school year to find out what it is that they know and don’t know about science in general. A science teacher can make great use of this article by using it throughout the year to debunk myths students’ will have.
In conclusion, this collection is jam packed with useful and important information for new and old teachers alike. It has a variety of information that can be useful throughout the year that will benefit the teacher as well as her/his students.
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