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The Scientific Investigation Framework: Re-Designing Labs in the Science Classroom

By |June 16th, 2023|Categories: Gifted & Talented, Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Science Instruction, STEM & STEAM, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , , |

Science is different in other content areas in that the foundation of its existence relies on asking questions about the world around us, forming and testing a hypothesis, and analyzing the results. It’s only natural that a science classroom would mirror the essence of this field. While direct instruction and practice-based learning have their place, the science classroom is where learning to discover is as important as the content itself. In this blog post, we’ll outline a specific process, the Scientific Investigation Framework, that will provide structure to discovery-based Lab work that will transform how students are introduced to new content and practice the necessary processes of a true scientist.

Will AI Replace Teachers? We Don’t Think So.

By |May 4th, 2023|Categories: Leadership Development, Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Social Emotional Learning, STEM & STEAM, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

With the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) in recent years (and especially in the past several months) in various industries, many in the education space are now wondering how this will affect the careers of K-12 teachers and educators. Many opinion articles have stated the potential for AI to replace teachers. However, we, as professional educators, could not disagree more! In this blog post, we will explore a few key reasons why teachers will not be replaced by AI technologies anytime soon.

The Student Response System as an Effective Verbal Strategy to Check for Student Understanding

By |April 12th, 2022|Categories: English Language Learners (ELLs), Math Instruction, Reading/ELA Instruction, Science Instruction, Special Education, STEM & STEAM, Teaching Strategies, Testing Strategies & Prep, Writing Instruction|Tags: , , , , |

A simple verbal strategy to check for student understanding throughout your lesson is the Student Response System and is the focus of this article. This strategy presents questioning prompts in multiple-choice or true-false format for students to answer in real-time. Students will respond to the prompts using pre-made cards with A, B, C, D, True, False, or other information to indicate their selection of an answer choice displayed on the board. The student response system can be prepared easily by cutting out printed cards, laminating them, and making them available to each student in your classroom. If you have it available at your school, there are also electronic versions of this student response system, commonly known as Clickers. Physical devices may be available for use at your school, or you may have an app or website that you can access to employ an online student response system.

Flipping the Classroom Script: Flipped Learning vs. Traditional Classroom Learning

By |August 3rd, 2020|Categories: Lesson & Curriculum Planning, STEM & STEAM, Teaching Strategies, Technology in the Classroom|Tags: , , , |

Many of us have heard the term “flipped classroom”, and especially as technology is becoming increasingly a part of education, more and more educators find themselves trying the strategies involved in “flipping” a classroom. Unfortunately, there are some misconceptions about true flipped learning, and oftentimes, educators are not utilizing the strategy to its full potential.

Constant Time Delay: 3 Simple Steps to Help Your Students Master Multiplication Facts

By |June 3rd, 2020|Categories: Math Instruction, STEM & STEAM, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , |

Have you been wondering how to improve your students’ fluency in multiplication? You’re not the only one! You can help your students become more precise and accurate with their multiplication facts by using a strategy called Constant Time Delay. This article will discuss this strategy and demonstrate how to incorporate it into your classroom in 3 easy steps.

Claim-Evidence-Reasoning (CER)

By |January 29th, 2019|Categories: Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Science Instruction, STEM & STEAM, Teaching Strategies, Writing Instruction|Tags: , , , |

Have you ever had students respond, “I don’t know. It just did,” when asked to analyze and interpret their classroom lab results? We all want our students to “think like a scientist,” but often they fall short in connecting the dots between the lab results and the science concepts. Claim-Evidence-Reasoning or CER is a writing strategy that can develop a student’s analytical thinking and argumentative writing skills to turn that “I don’t know” into “aha, so that’s why we got those results in the lab.”

A Glimpse at Project Based Learning in the Classroom

By |December 13th, 2018|Categories: Classroom Management, Gifted & Talented, Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Science Instruction, STEM & STEAM, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , , |

As an educator, you have probably heard of Project Based Learning, or PBL, but might have been overwhelmed by all it seems to encompass. Take a close glimpse of an actual PBL project in action in the classroom to see that it is completely manageable!  After reading this article, you will have a basic understanding of Project Based Learning and what it looks like in the classroom.

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