I have been teaching science to 5th graders since 2005. I was a doctor of audiology (Au.D.) for 25 years before becoming an elementary/middle school science teacher.
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Ocean's Effect on Weather and Climate: Global Climate Patterns
Mon, Sep 06, 2010 2:54 PM Excellent Resource
Once I allowed “pop ups” from NSTA on my computer, I had no problem accessing this resource.
I liked having the option to read the material myself and/or have the material read to me by the online narrator. I appreciated the “check your thinking” and the “questions to check understanding” buttons that were spread throughout the resource. I liked the way the information was “chunked” into well-organized and intuitive sections. The inclusion of “common student misconceptions” and “hands-on activities” sidebars made the resource directly applicable to my middle school science classroom, which I appreciated. I liked the high-quality production value that went into the design of figures, animation, and particularly the interactive support features. Although I did not make use of the feature, I was comforted to know that email help from a Science Content Mentor was just an “Ask the Mentor” click away. I also welcomed the supplemental resources such as the companion Sci-Guide and the online glossary of all highlighted vocabulary. I found the resource to be highly engaging and was surprised at how quickly the time passed. I highly recommend this resource.
Math: Stop Faking It! Finally Understanding Science So You Can Teach It
Tue, Jul 15, 2008 1:00 PM Quick Refresher
When I finished reading this book I found myself wishing there was even more... If only standard math books could be read as easily and math concepts shared as effectively. I've enjoyed all of my Stop Faking It! books.
Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 2: 25 More Formative Assessment Probes
Tue, Jul 15, 2008 12:45 PM Volume 2 - A sequel that works!
I was very happy to see that Volume 2 in the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series stuck with the format and ideas of the first volume. Keep'em coming!
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