Hi! I am a science teacher interested in the BSCS 5E instructional model, expanding my content knowledge, progressive education practices, aligning my curriculum to the NGSS, blended learning and classrooms, and iPads. The more inquiry labs and engineering builds the better!
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Middle School evolution unit.
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Tue, Mar 17, 2015 8:53 PM in Cells can't be boring!!
Hi! Just back from #NSTA15 and I found the Cell Zone booth pretty cool. It had larger than life plastic models of a cell that you could adjust so that what you are seeing under the microscope is what your model on your lab bench looked like. Also, I love Amazing Cell menu at Learn.Genetics.
Unfortunately there is a lot of flash so iPads are out...
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Tue, Mar 17, 2015 8:50 PM in 7th grade ngss Life Science advice
I love the BSBC 5E instructional model and the BSBC website. Their units for middle school life science seem to negotiate the interweaving of the 3 dimensions artfully -- plus they are free and the materials needed are pretty basic. I hope you enjoy!
Tue, Mar 17, 2015 8:48 PM in Climate Change and Plant Phenology
Hi! I also think going to the project bud burst web site is a great way to learn about changes in the seasons and plants.
I just attended a session at #NSTA15 and plan to have my students become citizen scientists.
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Heredity and Variation: Genes in Action
Tue, Mar 17, 2015 8:41 PM Ready to teach about DNA!
A perfect review for a middle school life science teacher. I thought the interactives and images clearly explained the concepts. I liked the attention and time spent on crossing over. I was a little disappointed in the mitosis and meiosis sections but since there are completely different sci guides on both that go in more detail it was fine. Thanks for the review!
Models In the Middle School Science Classroom Collection
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 9:35 PM Awesome ideas for modeling in science -- NGSS practice!
I am working with a fellow teacher to develop a professional development course for my school district on the NGSS practices for elementary and middle school teachers. This is a great resource to go through and go back to as the modeling class is put into practice. Anyone who is interested in NGSS practice 2 would benefit from reviewing this collection. Lovely!
Writing in Science Collection
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 9:32 PM Great ideas to include writing in your science class!
Two lovely finds
1) The article on constructing and revising models. I know how important modeling is in science and engineering and also know that my science teaching needs a "model" revision. This article is a start.
2) Tuned in Turned on. Who is watching or DVRing Cosmos? I am! and I hope this article helps me organize activities I can do with Cosmos and other shows like it.
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