I am an Associate Professor of STEM education at Wright State University. I have been a classroom teacher in urban PK-6 public schools in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Colorado, and currently consult and collaborate with PK-12 teachers in Ohio. My research includes learning gardens and outdoor classrooms, democratic STEM, arts-integrated science/STEAM, cooperative learning, and connecting science content to the identities of learners by recognizing and honoring social, gender, and cultural preferences.
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Mon, Mar 10, 2014 11:46 AM in Motivation
In my own experiences (I have taught 4th and 5th graders) in urban public schools, I have found that by playing up to students' interests in the classroom (i.e. connecting whatever content we are studying to interests, utilizing interests to engage in the content, etc.) students were motivated to work and seek answers to their questions around science content. I have always tried to abide by thes...
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Mon, Mar 10, 2014 11:37 AM in Enough time for science?
The nature of science is interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary. Within the field of science, disciplines are meant to be linked and connected, as well as rely on tools, information, and communication outside of the field of science - connecting to language arts, social science, and mathematics. If we look back to the history of science and technology, science was connected to other disciplines...
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Thu, Nov 07, 2019 10:27 AM Preservice Science Methods
This article provides clear ideas for preservice teacher educators and candidates about the importance of examining how and why teachers "teach" a linear versus nonlinear scientific method and a more explicit way of tracking teachers use of scientific practices in lessons and units. I will use this article. Thank you!
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Sat, Oct 08, 2016 10:09 PM Early Childhood Education in Ohio
This is a collection of excellent resources for teaching early childhood science in Ohio. I am impressed! Additionally there is a personal lesson plan shared about the physical properties of water that would be great for grade 3 states of matter.
Thu, Mar 10, 2016 8:10 PM Thank you
I sincerely appreciated the time these faculty and staff put into this webinar. The resources they shared and opportunity to rethink elementary science methods were greatly appreciated. I particularly am excited about the "blurring of boundaries" between methods coursework and field experiences and how to create deeper connections in this approach to teacher education. Thank you for sharing your creativity!
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