I teach at Arcola Intermediate School in Eagleville, PA and love trying new things with students. I think this is an exciting time to be a science teacher because of the impact that the NGSS and technology tools can have in the classroom. I'm also the editor of Science Scope and really enjoy being part of their learning community.
for the study of wetlands and watersheds
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Sun, Nov 17, 2013 2:05 PM in Opportunities for Middle School Science Teachers
To Science Leaders!
I have some EXCITING news regarding National Middle Level Science Teachers Association that I hope you will pass along to your organization.
*The application for the Paul deHart Hurd Award is due next month. The winner receives $1,000 to defray the cost of attending the NSTA national conference. Applications are available at http://nmlsta.wordpress.com/hurd-award/. Midd...
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Fri, May 03, 2013 5:06 PM in The Brain and Learning
Patty, Thanks for the link. I just signed up. The upcoming webinar The Impact of Technology on Our Brains looks to be interesting. I often wonder what the impact of all of this technology is having on our student's brain development. They have some interesting books listed, too
Fri, May 03, 2013 4:47 PM in Teaching Science Online
This is a great thread. I didn't too many recent studies compared wet labs to virtual labs, although the following (written a decade ago) does discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of such labs. It would be nice to find something more recent given the advances in technology in the last few years.
Scheckler, R. K. (2003). Virtual labs: a substitute for traditional labs?. International...
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Shake It Up With Reading
Fri, May 17, 2013 5:17 PM Reading---and understanding---informational text
Are your students struggling to read the text? The author provides a template for how to break down complex topics for clearer understanding. Graphic organizers tips for differentiating for reading ability will help you to assist your students as they master informational text. Although the author uses earthquakes as the topic, the ideas presented in this article could be modified for any discipline.
Playful Activities for Young Children: Assessment tasks with low reading and writing demands
Fri, May 17, 2013 4:58 PM uncovering student thinking in pre-K
Several hands-on investigations are described that you will assist you in uncovering the thinking of young students. Although the activities are engaging, the authors do little to explain the types of questions asked of students. They also do not offer suggestions for correcting misconceptions. Simply uncovering thinking is not enough; teachers need to be aware of common misconceptions and how to address them. If you are looking for hands-on activities for pre-k, you'll find some great ideas, however.
Summing It Up: Teaching summary writing to enhance science learning
Fri, May 17, 2013 4:45 PM How to teach students how to write a summary
Are you struggling to get your students to read the text? Are you looking for ideas to help you integrate more reading and writing into your curriculum? This article gives you some concrete ways of helping your students summarize the text in writing. Subject area teachers will find the ideas helpful for most students. Students who struggle with reading and writing may need additional scaffolding which is not addressed in the article.
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