We all know that many of our students are literally addicted to video games. But can the same brain processes that compel gamers to skip meals and play video games long into the night be harnessed by teachers to increase their students’ motivation, attention, class participation, and even reverse negativity felt towards school to reignite the joy of […]
The semester for my Methods in Elementary Science class starts strong – I share the basics of science teaching best practices, students create and share engaging lessons, and rich discussions occur regarding the implications of science. Students are excited, encouraged, and eager to try out their new science pedagogical skills. They arrive at their classroom placement […]
Getting Started with the NGSS: Resources for Teachers Learn more about the NGSS standards, how to navigate them, and how to use them. As states across the nation work to integrate the Next Generation Science Standards, teachers are in need of quality professional development to facilitate this transition. The NGSS is unique, and requires […]
Quanta is a new FREE online magazine whose mission is to enhance public understanding of research developments in mathematics and the physical and life sciences. This post is a response to Thomas Lin’s Abstractions blog post ‘Science Evolves. Will Science Education?’: https://www.quantamagazine.org/category/abstractions/ My Thoughts: I think that a shift in science education can only truly happen […]
NGSS REVIEW: Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science & Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts Here it is – the NGSS in a nutshell! WHAT IS THE NGSS? The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are national science content standards for grades K-12. These standards set the expectations for what students should know and be able to do. The […]
The upcoming budget for the Chicago Public Schools will rely on $500 million in yet-to-be-enacted pension savings by Illinois, school officials said on Monday.