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A Closer Look at Assessment in Science

A Closer Look at Assessment in Science

In a commencement address at Western New England University in 2012, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson provided this parable…students are asked to give the correct spelling of the word “cat.”  One student spells it correctly as “C-A-T”. The...

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Snow Day Science

Snow Day Science

Are you home with your kids during this dangerous cold snap?  Are you looking for things for them to do to keep them engaged and entertained and yet be encouraging their scientific thinking?  Try some of these...

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Let’s Talk Science

Let’s Talk Science

We know that student discourse and communication play a huge role in our science standards.  When you consider the science and engineering practices – many of them require that students engage in discourse.  “Asking questions and defining...

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Crosscutting Concepts – The “Lost” dimension

Crosscutting Concepts – The “Lost” dimension

Teachers are aware that the new science standards are three-dimensional in nature.  Each standard is made up of a disciplinary core idea, a science and engineering practice, and a crosscutting concept. The disciplinary core idea (DCI) is...

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Science and Literacy: Mentor texts

Science and Literacy: Mentor texts

Elementary teachers are likely familiar with the use of mentor texts with their students to help strength and deepen understanding within a variety of ELA standards.  But, have you considered how those same mentor texts can be...

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Teach Courageously

Teach Courageously

As we embark on another academic year – this year takes on a new perspective as this is the year full implementation of the new Iowa Science standards is expected in our schools. (remembering that middle school...

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Helping sometimes hurts

Helping sometimes hurts

We’ve all been there – we desperately want our students to be successful and so we have become masters at “being helpful” in the science classroom.  We see students forgetting directions, not recording data correctly, getting the...

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