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by Michelle Okroy
Sun, 10/04/2015 - 16:00

 Instead of focusing on an instructional label, why don’t we focus on what we are trying to accomplish with our students? Our classrooms should be a platform for students to actively explain science practices using evidence and no matter how you define your instruction, we cannot deny our students this opportunity. With the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards, our students will be assessed based on performance expectations that not only link disciplinary knowledge, but scientific practice, and crosscutting concepts as well. “These performance expectations guide the development of assessments: when a standard encompasses all three strands, then so must the assessment. It will no longer be possible to meet a standard solely by recall of factual knowledge.” (Cooper, 2013).

Recent activity: 4 years 5 months ago
by Chad Husting
Sun, 10/04/2015 - 10:51

What you are going to read here is the brief story of an attempt by one teacher to "flip" things. You will get the good, the bad and the ugly.

Recent activity: 2 months 1 week ago
by Sarah Kong
Tue, 09/29/2015 - 11:50

Teaching is so collaborative! That's why periodically I will interview a fellow instructor and post the questions and answers here. It benefits all of us when we discuss what works, what doesn't, and how we can improve. This month's feature is Sharon Geyer from Pomfret School in Connecticut.

Recent activity: 1 year 2 months ago
by Chad Husting
Sun, 09/27/2015 - 17:17

At Chem Ed 2015, a teacher from Texas showed me this quick and dirty way to do a distillation that the kids can do. I forgot her name. "Lady from Texas", let me just say "thank you". If you are reading this, please shoot me an email and I will be more than happy to give you credit. It worked really well.

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Recent activity: 1 year 2 months ago
Sun, 09/20/2015 - 23:46

Most chemical educators will agree that exciting demonstrations are excellent motivators to create interest in science. They are also a way to create interest in the community, motivate the student-demonstrators, and perhaps to make a little money to support special activities of an ACS Chem Club. Chemical demonstration shows, organized around holidays or other special occasions have a long and honored history.  Pacifica High School (Garden Grove, CA) took its inspiration from the lecture-demonstrations of Michael Faraday, given during the Christmas holidays of 1860-61. (The Chemical History of A Candle).

Recent activity: 1 year 2 months ago
by Tracy Schloemer
Sun, 09/20/2015 - 12:11

Have you ever worked with someone on a project and you couldn’t get a hold of them? Or you realized, a bit too late, that they need extra reminders to get stuff done? Oh, and by the way, how did that guy get to be in charge? As adults, we can probably remember more than one situation where this has happened. Maybe it was in school, maybe it’s in your job.

Recent activity: 4 years 5 months ago
by Doug Ragan
Fri, 09/11/2015 - 14:35

For anyone out there looking to do any screen recording may have already invested in . If not, I highly reccommend investing in it.

Recent activity: 1 year 2 months ago
by Erica Posthuma
Mon, 09/07/2015 - 10:54

Last year, I worked hard to teach my students how to fail and I believe it was the most important lesson they could have taken away from my class.

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Recent activity: 1 year 2 months ago
by Allison Tarvin
Sat, 09/05/2015 - 20:24

“I wish I knew then what I know now.” How often do you reflect on your first year of teaching? When I run into a student from my first few years, I catch myself hiding behind a clothes rack or ducking down the frozen food aisle. I’m embarrassed.

Recent activity: 4 years 5 months ago
by Tracy Schloemer
Sat, 09/05/2015 - 18:49

Recently, I saw this really funny meme on facebook about the creative process. I think it also sums up designing and sustaining students in long term inquiry:

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Recent activity: 10 months 2 weeks ago