I am currently pursuing the MD Elementary Education Certificate at UMBC. I am an Environmental Studies major.
Fri, Oct 21, 2011 1:08 PM in Tree Observations
I have also been very surprised by how much I have enjoyed doing this activity. I have been amazed at the things I never noticed before about the tree, and especially about the environment around me. Since I live in a wooded area, these observations have helped give me more insight about the other trees near my house as well as the plants and animals that surround it. I think that this would be a...
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Fri, Oct 14, 2011 11:13 AM in Time Management
I am interning at a charter school in Baltimore, and am in the Science department only. I've discovered that students usually have a lot of trouble with figuring out the point of the labs that you give them, so we normally have an introduction before the lab even starts that is about the purpose of the lab. Perhaps in your case that should take up about 1/4 of your class time, so that students und...
Fri, Oct 07, 2011 7:48 PM in Nature Deficit Children
I think that this is up to the teacher, and how much it concerns them. Considering that I am interested in environmental issues, it is a problem that I would like to deal with in my classroom. I'm not sure that "reverse" is the correct answer, it seems that Americans and the rest world won't come down off of the technology wave for a while, if not ever. Maybe you could integrate social studies and...
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Tried and True: Solar System in the Hallway
Wed, Oct 19, 2011 11:22 PM Tried and True: Solar System in the Hallway
I really enjoyed the fact that this is a hands-on activity that uses very few resources. I also enjoyed the fact that in AU, a real scientific unit that people in astronomy would really use - the students could use it with confidence that it was actually applicable. I also really enjoyed the fact that relative size of the planet is taught as part of the activity. The pre- and post-activity questions also allow for some good reflection, and any students that work faster than the rest of the class could also be equally entertained with the activities under the "Possible extensions" section.
Scope on the Skies: And then there were eight
Wed, Oct 19, 2011 10:57 PM Scope on the Skies: And then there were eight
Overall, I felt that this was a comprehensive source for both teachers and students. Not only was the categorization system clearly explained, definitions were also explicitly stated to make the concepts easier to grasp. One improvement I could see for students using this source is some kind of model on the .pdf that shows pictures comparing the size of the planets, dwarf planets, and solar system bodies.
Wed, Oct 19, 2011 10:53 PM Scope on the Skies: And then there were eight
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