I'm a 21 year old senior at Wright State University studying ECE. When I'm not writing lesson plans or scrolling through Pinterest to get ideas for my future classroom, I'm probably reading, practicing my faith, or spending time with family and friends :)
Force and Motion: Resources and Lesson Plans
In this collection I have compiled resources I found helpful about force and motion with elementary students. I also included two lesson plans I co-taught with my colleagues to first grades on force and motion.
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Thu, Sep 15, 2016 9:38 PM in How to fit science in your schedule
I believe it is extremely important to keep science and social studies in the curriculum. Even though these subjects aren't on standardized tests, they are still important for kids to learn about! One thing I would do is set aside at least a half hour or so a day for science. It may not have to be an entire class period but at least it's something! Another suggestion is to incorporate science ...
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Thu, Sep 15, 2016 9:30 PM in Considering Prior Knowledge
I totally agree with you! Students can learn from their peers' experiences and perspectives and knowing prior knowledge your students have can help you plan for future instruction and differentiate instruction to meet their learning needs. I am a firm believer that learning is assimilating what you know to the new information you are given. That being said, gauging prior knowledge your students ...
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 9:19 PM in Assigning Homework
As a future teacher I think about how I will handle homework assignments a lot! I've decided that I will never grade homework assignments based on whether they are correct or not. My future students will get a completion grade as long as it looks like they tried. Homework is meant to assess whether students can do something on their own, it's practice! Regarding your question about packets or i...
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Teacher's Toolkit: Cultivating a Next-Generation Classroom Culture
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 4:51 PM NGSS Issues and Resolutions
This may very well be my favorite article I have read so far on NSTA. The article reviews four challenges teachers may run into while working on implementing NGSS into their classrooms. It gives detailed scenarios about what that problem may look like so teachers can more aptly recognize it in their own classrooms. For each challenge, the article discusses several strategies teachers can use to alleviate the challenge. The strategies are well thought out and explained in detail with accompanying scenarios. I would 100% suggest reading this!
DCIs, SEPs, and CCs, Oh My!
Sat, Oct 01, 2016 1:51 PM NSTA Break Down
I'll admit, when I first heard about all the components that go into the NGSS I was pretty overwhelmed. This article was my saving grace! It breaks down all of the core disciplinary ideas, science and engineering practices, and cross-cutting concepts for you and even provides a helpful visual to keep them all straight in your brain. The article details why each of the components is important in making up the NGSS and how they intertwine and interact to ensure students are getting the most they can out of their science education. A must read!
Methods and Strategies: Science Storybooks
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 3:34 PM Awarding Winning Story Books
I really enjoyed this resource and found it to be incredibly resourceful. I had never heard of the Giverny Award before and am thrilled to know it exists since I've always had trouble finding kid-friendly fiction books with an engaging plot that still manages to teach children scientific information. The chart at the end of the article that outlined all of the past Giverny winners with the title, author, year they won, and concepts the book touched upon was a helpful visual. I definitely plan on looking into these books and investing in some for my future classroom.
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