I have worked in the field of science professional development for educators for many years. I am passionate about developing quality professional development for educators.
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Mon, May 09, 2011 9:25 AM in What's on you summer reading list?
I also picked up some books from the NSTA store as well-- The Teaching of Science: 21st Century Perspective and Technology in the Secondary Science Classroom . The other two books I am interested in reading are Brain Rules and Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina. I am fascinated by the current brain research on how we learn and how we can optimize our classrooms and work places to take adv...
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Wed, Feb 16, 2011 6:03 PM in Outside Resources
Hi Liz-Lab Out Loud is a series of podcasts. Here is the link in the Learning Center to the podcasts page. Enjoy!
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/podcasts.aspx " target="_blank">Learning Center Podcasts
Wed, Feb 16, 2011 4:43 PM in Teaching About Science Careers in Kindergarten
Several school districts near me or individual schools put on a career fair for middle school students every year. Every middle schooler in either the district if it is district wide or in the school if it is school wide participates. They invite professionals from the community to come in and set up a booth as if it were an actual job fair. The kids prepare by having a list of questions to ask...
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Sun, May 22, 2011 6:27 PM Key Components of Quality PD
This articles uses an example of a PD program in Tennessee to describe what the key components of quality professional development for teachers are. This article would be an informative read for any of the key players in PD-principals, teachers, district personnel, partners at institutes of higher learning or other types of science learning. It describes the key components of successful PD and how each of these participants play a role.
Reinventing the Wheel
Wed, May 18, 2011 10:35 PM Using the Wheel with Science Investigations
I liked the wheel concept the authors of this article introduced to talk about doing scientific investigations because it represents the dynamic nature ofscience investigations. I could see it being used by a teacher in a elementary classroom to help support instruction in a science investigation.
More Than One “Right” Answer
Wed, May 18, 2011 10:24 PM Difficult Concept for Students to Understand
Having students understand the nuances of the nature of science and how and why scientists can disagree is an abstract concept for elementary aged students. I thought this article did a nice job of providing support to help students explore disagreements in the classroom. The key piece to this is having students understand why different people might have arrived at different claims based on their evidence and what to do make an experiment consistent. This is a key piece that is often times left out of a classroom setting for lack of time, but including this piece will help students begin to disagree respectfully and learn how to use investigations and evidence to resolve disagreements.
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