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Fitting it all in – Start with the science

Fitting it all in – Start with the science

You have probably heard the time-management parable regarding “filling the jar.”  For those who have not, the story goes something like this: a man fills a jar with golf balls and asks “Is the jar full?” To...

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What is Inquiry Science?

What is Inquiry Science?

The Iowa Science standards, with their foundation in the Next Generation Science Standards, bring not only new standards but also require teachers begin to utilize an inquiry-based approach to science education.  Many teachers will cite inquiry science...

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The Sound of Science

The Sound of Science

While visiting an elementary classroom to observe a wonderful inquiry-based science activity, I could easily hear all the science that was being discovered.  Yes, that’s right – I could HEAR the science. Science is not a quiet...

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Delete the Row

Delete the Row

The school year is off to a great start and you have started to utilize the new science standards and are working to move towards a more student-centered classroom.  You look out at the rows of students...

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Educating parents on the new science standards

Educating parents on the new science standards

So, you have begun to transition your science classroom to the new science standards and the New Vision for Science Education and are finding your students are loving the shift. However, maybe you are finding parents are...

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Redefining vocabulary in science instruction

Redefining vocabulary in science instruction

If a teacher could only focus on one instructional change during the transition to the Next Generation Science Standards, our suggestion is this: redefine how students are asked to learn vocabulary. In the past, teachers have used...

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