Inquiry and Teaching Science
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Wed, Oct 19, 2011 12:25 AM in Five Moons Seen With Binoculars
I am a Graduate student at UMBC and I recently did a project where I had to research one of Jupiter's moons, Ganymede. I found my research very interesting and I did read that with binoculars we could see the moons from earth. For some reason I questioned whether it was true and didn't include it in my presentation. After reading your post I with I had shared this with the class and I will definit...
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Wed, Oct 19, 2011 12:13 AM in Connecting Literature and Science in K-5
I love all of the resources provided because it is so important to be able to integrate science with literature. As it has been previously discussed there is so much focus on reading and language arts that integrating them helps give teachers the time they need to focus on science topics. Science is an engaging subject and there are so many books for young kids that can motivate them for science l...
Thu, Oct 13, 2011 2:43 PM in Time Management
Thank you so much for this helpful discussion on time management. I am a grad student at UMBC so I am not yet in the classroom, but I can see how this could pose a problem. As a new teacher I will need to be able to plan a lesson while taking time into account. When children are engaged in science discussion it a good sign they are motivated, so disrupting that motivation seems difficult. I think...
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Wed, Oct 19, 2011 7:06 PM Excellent!
I love the assessment in this book. The multiple choice gives students a guide to the answer, but the explaination helps teachers really assess what they know. This is a great way to start a lesson. The information is written in a very simplistic way and given that science is not a strong subject of mine this was helpful. I need material that keeps my attention so that I can develop my science knowledge to be a better teacher and this book does just that. I really like how it breaks down the grade levels and what topics to focus on, as well as, what the author feels are children's capabilities at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The suggestions for instruction and assessments are an excellent guide to classroom activities. I enjoyed this book and look forward to looking into the additional resources the author provides.
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Wed, Oct 19, 2011 6:30 PM Pathways to Science Review
As a future teacher I found this book very helpful and enjoyable. The book provides information about science as well as ideas for the classroom. The classroom action described in Mr. Murphy's class provides teachers with a way to encourage students to be creative, but still guide them to use scientific tools and inquiry. I also love how the activities can be applied to grades K-4 and other activities are given for grades 5-8 making this a resource for a wide audience of teachers. Given that science is not a strong subject for me I still enjoyed and connected to this book because it was written in a simplistic matter for me to understand and retain. The end of the book provides additional resources for further professional development.
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