iPads Improve Classroom Learning (New Harvard Study)

As Ramsey Musallam’s TED talk articulates, science is messy. Activities are active and engaging. Science is a contact content area. Instruction in Life Science should include opportunities for students to dig in the dirt and explore our biological surroundings. Additionally, instruction in Physical Science should include experiments that encourage students to interact with different simple…

Energize your physical science curriculum

http://www.bareconductive.com/# The Makers Movement is alive and well! BARE Conductive is a young company whose mission is to “engage people of all ages with electronics and technology.” Their original product, BARE Paint, certainly fits the bill. As the image above implies, the paint can conduct electrical currents on paper, fabric, and even traditional circuit boards….

A Dozen Basic Guidelines for Educators from Alfie Kohn

Alfie Kohn is well known in many circles of education. He has written numerous book on topics ranging from parenting to human behavior. However, his texts almost always can be boiled down to center on the importance of education. In an article published in the Washington Post earlier this year, Kohn outlines twelve fundamental guidelines…

KLEW: An Improved KWL Chart

Walk into most elementary classrooms and you will see graphs, charts, notes, predictions, important overarching concepts, and essential vocabulary words. You will also see, in all likelihood, numerous KWL Charts. For those who may not be familiar with the acronym and/or concept, a KWL chart is a commonly practiced strategy that classroom teachers use to…

Special Thanksgiving Post: Who Pooped? (.org)

Who Pooped? (.org) The time has come to tackle preverbal “elephant” in the room: who pooped? Books have been published to tackle the subject, and parents often spend countless hours discussing, in a roundabout way, the digestive system and the basic functions of life. Now, the Minnesota Zoo has created a website to join in…

More on Inquiry Stations: Digging Deeper

After personally reflecting on the outcomes of my created and experienced inquiry station and discussing my observations with my colleagues, I have come to a few synthesized conclusions. To build some background information, my teaching team and I created an inquiry station that focused on the broad topic of heat. We narrowed our focus from…

Science Methods Update: The Beauty of Inquiry Stations

This past week, we have been experiencing, planning, enacting and observing science inquiry stations. I view inquiry stations as an invaluable resource for teachers for a few reasons: They promote teaching science as inquiry. Answers and solutions are uncovered, not simply written on the board or revealed orally. Inquiry stations are open ended and encourage…