Tue, Apr 10, 2018 9:59 PM in Inquiry-Based Learning in Elementary School
Inquiry based lessons are beneficial in a variety of ways. Inquiry based lessons have to do with teach guiding and facilitating rather than spoon feeding information to students are having students sit, listen to a lecture, read a textbook and write notes. Not only will the students be engaged in activities through inquiry based lessons but they will have more of an understanding because they are ...
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Tue, Apr 10, 2018 9:35 PM in The Importance of a Classroom Safety Contract
A safety contract is a good idea so that student's know what is expected of them and if the parents are asked to sign, the parents know what is expected as well. The contract does provide precautions however I believe that one of the most important things is maintaining a safe learning environment that is fun but never letting the class get out of hand either. Maintaining a tone of a science lab o...
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Remaking Science Fairs
Mon, Apr 16, 2018 8:02 PM A New Way to Science Fair
Remaking Science Fairs is a great idea and a great article by Dena Harshbarger. This new concept really does make sense. How many times have these competitions been done at home where students are at a disadvantage? Many times students rely on parents, good supplies, and support and not all students receive that at home. Changing the way that we do science fairs give students all the same chance at learning. The biggest changes to science fairs that I like and would want to point out because I think every teacher should do it is 1. do the projects in class. Doing the projects in class give the opportunity for answered questions and time with the teacher and other students that may be able to help. 2. Have someone help each student. It may be a partner, a university student, high school student or the students can work in groups. This is very important because it helps all students have the same type of support and does not leave someone at a disadvantage. This article really touches on how to change the way that science fairs have been done and how we can improve them so that we can continue to see amazing projects each year.
Organisms and their environment Collection
Mon, Mar 19, 2018 10:15 PM Organisms and their Environment
Teaching students about the environment is fun yet challenging! The collection “Organisms and their Environment” helps teachers understand more about ecosystems and how to teach students about the environment. It also gives ideas on tools and activities that teachers can do with their students. The Interdependence of Life in this collection, is loaded with information on animals, ecosystems, and even how humans have an impact on the environment. It even poses questions that you can ask your students. It is never too early to teach about the environment and how humans, animals, vegetation, organisms and disasters can affect the environment and how it acts and changes. There is so much to teach when it comes to the environment and this collection has a variety of information to help plan, teach lessons and utilize as informational texts that students can refer too. This is a great collection to utilize for inquiry teaching on biomes, ecosystems, organisms, and human impact on the environment.
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