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The Science of Teaching

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The Importance of Note-Taking in Digital and Face-to-Face Classrooms

February 25th, 2014

by Monica Fuglei During a recent discussion and lecture in the writing class I teach, I filled two dry-erase boards with information and explained that much of it was not available in the text. One student scribbled away in a spiral notebook …

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Sensory Kids in the Classroom: 6 Tips for Teachers

August 27th, 2013

by Monica Fuglei One child gnaws holes into the collar of his t-shirt while another covers her ears anytime the bell rings.  Maybe you have these students yourself. These actions can be symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and can be a …

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“Flipped” Classrooms: How Do They Work?

May 6th, 2013

by Jacquie McGregor In 2007, Jonathan Bergman and Aaron Sams, teachers at Woodland Park High School in Woodland Park, Colorado, came up with the idea of using PowerPoint to record their classroom lectures and post them online for students to review. Their …

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Quiet in the Classroom: The Power of Introverts in Learning

March 5th, 2013

by Jacquie McGregor I came across a series of articles recently that made me rethink some of my philosophies as an educator. A great deal of my time as a teacher has been spent in music classrooms. Band, choir, orchestra, jazz band, …

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No Taxation Without Representation

April 2nd, 2012

For Jeff Reed, a 4th grade teacher at Sag Harbor Elementary School, KIDS DISCOVER isn’t just a tool for reading and learning– it’s a catalyst for innovation in the classroom. When Jeff approached us with his idea to hold a classroom trial …

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Clothes That Clean Themselves

January 27th, 2012

I just put a load of clothing in my washer.  I used to add a cup of detergent now the new technology calls for a tablespoon. If some researchers in China can perfect a technique that allows clothing to clean itself in …

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Girls In Science

January 9th, 2012

Several decades ago, the makers of the “Barbie” doll came out with a model that gave a recorded message (among several) that said, “Math is hard.” The company was flooded with letters about the message and the whole event helped to shed …

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Doing Good

January 5th, 2012

This is the time of year for food bank drives and coat drives. In this season of good deeds, I have been thinking of science connections that might lead to some interesting collaborations with some of the social service providers in my …

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Putting Students in the Driver’s Seat

November 30th, 2011

I have always been a fan of giving students owner rights in the classroom. I think if they share responsibility, they behave better and learn better. This week I am trying to give them more responsibility in generating driving questions for our …

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New Standards Are Coming

November 22nd, 2011

There is a lot you can learn from reading state science standards. Mostly, you learn that there is little difference between the standards of the 1980’s and those of the new decade. There are some changes coming. They cannot come soon enough. …

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Using Video in The Classroom

November 14th, 2011

The old video tape collection has been changed to DVD and now online streaming but the real richness of the media is not in the format. It is in the content and learning how to effectively use that content regardless of the …

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The Periodic Table of Stuff

October 28th, 2011

Each year when my students encounter the periodic table I assign them to create a periodic table of “stuff”. They select and organize some category of items into a table that has trends both vertically and horizontally. It is not easy but …

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Lab Supplies in Tight Times

October 13th, 2011

When budgets are tight a lot of the science equipment and supplies you may need to run labs cannot be purchased. That does not mean you cannot do many of those labs. It just requires a bit more creativity. Some lean times …

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Earth Science Week

October 4th, 2011

As the leaves change and the weather turns cooler I am more aware of the need for kids to understand big ideas in earth science. That science is sometimes missing in secondary curricula but it could be the glue that connects all …

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The Power of Percentages

September 19th, 2011

In math the “to die for” concept has to be percentages. I have not found the one concept in science yet but if I work in percentages there seems to be a huge pile of advantages for my students that follow. So, …

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The Importance of the First Unit

September 8th, 2011

Teaching an elective is always a bit of a dance. You want your course to be attractive and full of good content, rigorous and challenging yet not too frightening for the student who is a bit afraid of a risk. The balance …

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Getting Back in the Groove

August 19th, 2011

The first days back to school are always an interesting mix of kids who behave because they are not sure what kind of teacher you are and kids who misbehave because the summer norms of behavior do not go away quickly. In …

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Oceans of Science

August 1st, 2011

The school year is starting for some of my colleagues and they are barely ready. I think I will take a lesson from that and get my introductory unit ready to go so I can relax a bit before the kids arrive. …

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25 Things That Have Names You Will Probably Not Need to Know

July 12th, 2011

My kids love the obscure and the unusual. I can teach them the parts of the water cycle or carbon cycle till I am blue but if I mention one crazy name for an animal or phenomenon and they remember that even …

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Summer Science Projects

July 4th, 2011

From July through the middle of August I am working on a variety of projects that mostly involve curriculum and lesson planning. Like my kids I need more activity. With a little creativity and some fun web sites I think I can …

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