My name is Megan Hardesty, and I am a 24-year old Wright State University student. I am currently teaching in a third grade class at Edwin D. Smith Elementary.
Tue, Dec 07, 2021 12:19 PM in How to Motivate
Student engagement can be a very tricky thing to encourage. I believe that the first step is creating strong student relationships. When students feel comfortable with you as a person, mentor, and friend, they are more likely to contribute to conversations and activities. Find out their interests and cater to them. Discover their different preferred learning styles. Vary your daily activities. Do...
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Tue, Dec 07, 2021 12:13 PM in The Use of Technology in the classroom
I love the concept of integrating technology into a science classroom! One very important idea that my science methods professor has presented this semester is the idea of interactive virtual notebooks. Rather than giving students pens and packets of paper in which to fill out their observations, theories, and evidence, you can create virtual interactive notebooks on chromebooks or iPads dependin...
Tue, Dec 07, 2021 12:09 PM in Making Science Fun
I feel that one of the best ways to keep students engaged in long-term science (or other content area) projects is to assign jobs, as well as to keep introducing new concepts related to the idea over time. For example, as the seasons change, ask students to compare their own plant growth to the different plants that pop up throughout differing seasons - such as tulips in the spring and mums in th...
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Rocks: Elementary Collection
Tue, Dec 07, 2021 12:36 PM Rocks Rock
As someone who is planning a heavily integrated unit involving the rock cycle to be taught in the spring, I am always searching for more materials to look over or incorporate into my lessons. This collection provides some nice tips, tricks, and resources for introducing rocks into the elementary classroom.
Science Methods: Assessment Collection
Tue, Dec 07, 2021 12:33 PM Assessment Materials and Tips
As someone who has struggled planning out and implementing assessment in the classroom, especially in science, I found this collection extremely beneficial. Within these articles are tips, tricks, and methods for planning and administering formative and summative assessments in the science classroom. The adoption of notebooks as a way to assess is particularly helpful and can be easily tracked, monitored, and differentiated for all students.
Claire Avery Literacy in Science K-6 Collection
Tue, Dec 07, 2021 12:29 PM Full of Resources
This collection is filled with resources, methods, strategies, plans for integration, literary devices, science lessons, and more! I will definitely be using items in this collection during science instruction. The curator of this collection took a lot of time and care to find reputable resources to share.
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