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Tue, Oct 23, 2012 4:34 PM in Assessments
I think formal learning assessments have really come a long way from the past but are still going through a big process of change. I feel that there should be more of an effort in using informal assessment to assess students as a lot of students have test taking problems and anxiety. In my studies recently I can definitely see a shift in thinking that formal test taking is the only way students ca...
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Wed, Oct 17, 2012 2:42 PM in Nutrition
Glancing through all the comments, I really liked Bernadette's idea. It's important that kids understand the nutrition behind fast food restaurants. I know as a kid I always wanted to eat at places like McDonald's and Burger King and I would always try to force my parents into going there (they never gave in). Maybe if kids understood more how harmful that food can be for your body ...
Mon, Oct 08, 2012 2:22 PM in Literacy through Science
Just wanted to drop in and tell you that my elementary and middle school used Time for Kids and Scholastic News Science journals and I loved them as a student. Some teachers gave them to us as a take home activity (and quite honestly they were thrown away by many) however some teachers gave them to us to read independently and soon after we would join together and discuss main ideas in...
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Guest Editorial: Minds, Models, and Maps
Mon, Sep 24, 2012 4:25 PM Visual Aid Importance in Classrooms
The journal Minds, Models and Maps by Kenneth Wesson explores the importance of the use of visual aids in a science classroom. He begins by stating that science is too massive to bring into a classroom completely. Sketches, maps, models and other visual aids open students to the reality of the science world. Wesson says that visualizing is integral to reading for comprehension, to understand what they read; students rely heavily on “picture- making” which can be viewed as their second way of knowing. The article continues with a list of nine easy strategies for incorporating illustrations, models and maps. Although I found strategies such as introducing a big idea by allowing students to discuss and draw a picture of what they think they will learn based off of a title and maintaining a “mind- map” recording vocabulary, what they see, hear and do (making the scientific method familiar to students) interesting, as a pre- service teacher and a visual learner myself, I was already convinced that visual aids are important in a classroom setting of any type. I do however give this journal article a three out of five stars because Wesson does a good explanation for using visuals in the classroom and he gives some good strategies to incorporate visuals into any teaching unit.
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