I am an Assistant Professor of Science Education at Kent State University. I work with elementary and secondary preservice science teachers to integrate STEM into their instructional repertoires. I teach science methods courses and graduate courses in Curriculum and Instruction. My research focuses on science teacher induction and STEM integration.
Wed, Dec 04, 2019 5:09 PM in Making science fun
You can try asking them what their interests are and try building those into your lessons. Some interests may be easier than others to connect to science, but a good way to get students invested is to build on what they like. It also might be good to ask the students why they hate science. They might have had a bad experience in a previous class. You will need to help them get over that and re-bu...
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Wed, Dec 04, 2019 5:05 PM in Teaching toward the State Test
In our era of accountability, teaching toward the test has become the norm in many science classrooms. While it's important for students to understand the information that will be on state exams, it is also important for them to understand the real world connections and applications of the science content. I think this also helps them feel less overwhelmed with science because it gives them t...
Wed, Dec 04, 2019 4:59 PM in Teaching Reading and Writing
This is a really loaded question. You will likely need to teach literacy skills alongside science content. I would model a lot of reading and breaking down of questions through think-alouds. I used RAFT (role, audience, format, topic) strategies in my classes to incorporate literacy with the content. PBL units are also good ways to incorporate literacy.
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