I love to read. For fun I work in polymer clay, metal clay, beading, metalsmithing and glass fusing. I am a docent at the San Antonio Zoo. I am now working with teachers as a mentor and I really enjoy that. I love to learn new things as well. I have taught science for 29 years in middle and high school.
I am currently a T-STEM coach with 4 STEM Academies
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Wed, Oct 29, 2014 3:57 PM in Importance of Teaching Science
Welcome to the real world of high stakes testing. Traditionally state and national testing focuses on students being able to read and do math. In reality this doesn't represent a well rounded and educator child. To overcome this dilemma you might want to integrate reading and math through trade books about science. For example: Using the book called "The World of Pooh" you can introdu...
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Wed, Oct 29, 2014 3:44 PM in Newton's Laws
I think you are correct about being a very difficult topic. However, I believe you need to start with teaching what a force is (push or pull) and use demonstrations from everyday life such as pushing a stroller or pulling a box toward yourself. Then ask kids to come up with what they think are examples of forces in their lives. I would follow this by asking them to sit on the floor and...
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 3:30 PM in Science in 1st grade
Have you looked at the following website?
Lots of activities grouped by age appropriateness
Activities based on a child's trade book.
American Beekeeping Federation
Hope these help,
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Visualizing Science Using the Roundhouse Diagram
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 12:45 PM A Unique Graphic Organizer
Graphic organizers have always been used to summarize important concepts and make learning more organized. This article utilizes a particular one called the Roundhouse. This article provides the template for this diagram, examples of how it is used and a complete explanation of the parts and the interrelationship between them. There is also a mastery checklist for this particular tool. It seems like a great idea for elementary students and could also be applied to middle school students as well.
Visualizing NeuroscienceL Learning about the Brain through Art
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 12:32 PM Art and Science Through Model Making
Students use art and the creation of models to understand how the brain works. Using models is not a new concept and making a physical model engages a different aspect of our brains. This activity is laid out and there is a rubric for assessing. Some educators don’t like to make models because it is time consuming and requires supplies and space. One has to keep in mind that doing is not just engaging in experiments and that we often remember when we do something different.
Visual Literacy in Science
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 12:25 PM It Is An Essential Skill to Hone
Humans use their eyes above their other senses about 80 percent of the time. Sight helps us gather information quickly so this article is a no-brainer. The techniques and tools listed in this article will make any student excel in understanding the graphics in their textbooks and rely less on the words on the page. Having used similar activities in my classroom for years, my students improved their observational skills and developed a deeper ability to critically interpret information presented to them.
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