I was a secondary science teacher for 27 years and then moved to a curriculum/PD position at a regional service agency, where I worked with several math/science partnerships. I currently blog for NSTA (including doing Ms Mentor for several years) and am a webwatcher for the SciLinks project. I am the coauthor of "Rise and Shine: A Practical Guide for the Beginning Science Teacher." I am an avid birdwatcher, too, and I volunteer at Wildwood Part and Nature Center in Harrisburg, PA,
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Science & Children Lessons - Teaching with Trade Books
A collection of articles from recent issues.
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Fri, Nov 20, 2020 3:39 PM in Setting Teachers Apart
Hi Hannah! This is really a thought-provoking question! I think that teachers don't start on Day 1 as "great", and I've never seen a rubric to assess "greatness." Writing curriculum and doing lab investigations are certainly important components of science teaching, but in my experience the characteristics of great teachers relate to their unrelenting passion for what ...
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Fri, Nov 20, 2020 3:14 PM in How to Save Money as a New Teacher
Hi Sidney -- Interesting and relevant activities and investigations don't necessarily involve expensive or elaborate equipment. Check out the articles in NSTA's journals ( https://www.nsta.org/science-and-children " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Elementary , https://www.nsta.org/science-scope " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Middle , https://www.nsta.org/science-teacher " target="_blan...
Sun, Oct 18, 2020 3:38 PM in Assessment Tips for a Struggling Preservice Teacher
Hi Lexi -- The type of assessment you use really depends on the learning objectives. For those that ask students to explain or describe (rather than recall), perhaps encouraging them to draw and label a response may work. For example, in my middle school life science class, a task was to describe how cephalopods (squid, octopus) move. A student said to me that he had a hard time finding the...
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