I am currently chair of chemistry and biochemistry at Minnesota State University Moorhead, where I have taught physical science to elementary education majors, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and teacher methods for the last 17 years. Prior to this I taught science and math K-12 in Virginia and Minnesota.
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Sun, Sep 17, 2023 9:09 AM in Teaching new topics
Bri - Unfortunately, if you look at the NGSS (and any state standards derived from them) density is not an acceptable topic in elementary school anymore - in fact, it is EXPRESSLY forbidden here in MN. The reasoning is that density is a ratio between mass and volume, and thus is abstract and not a concrete concept. Abstract (or as Piaget called it, formal) reasoning ability doesn'...
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Sat, Apr 15, 2023 8:08 AM in Native American moons, turtles, months, etc. are we teaching it correctly?
This has become a little bit of an obsession with me. I think inclusive science is great. But it has to be _correct_ and I worry that the way it is being presented on the internet glosses over the details to the point it becomes a just-so story, rather than something that was the product of careful observation and searching for patterns – i.e. science. I would love for someone t...
Thu, Jan 26, 2023 6:27 AM in Learning Styles
Annette - FYI, you are asking the wrong question. (A) there are dozens of catagories of learning styles. VAK is one way to break them down, but is not even the most common. (B) learning styles are bunk. When the UK looked to make learning styles part of law, they actually did some research and generated a couple (nearly 1000 page) reviews of the evidence. https...
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Using Scoring Rubrics to Evaluate Inquiry
Sun, Apr 30, 2017 9:53 PM Decent article, not the best
Shows various weighs for different components. Does not appear to show how to write good descriptors for what is necessary to earn each particular level. Appears consistent with backwards design. Does not show good ways to translate a rubric to a grade.
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