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a couple more Quality resources

Check these out – great resources from the National Academies of Sciences – you can request CLASS SETS for FREE!

Also, check out the range of resources that Neil deGrasse Tyson is involved in producing – what does it mean to link our science teaching to the life and work of scientists? Why might you want to?

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innovative lesson ideas

Check out the Women’s Adventures in Science website and book series

The challenge is to work with your partner to co-construct innovative, rigorous, engaging and effective lesson ideas using all you’ve learned this far and this common, high quality resource.

Post your ideas in the comments section of this post, so we can collect them all in one place.

Have fun with it!!
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Innovative Resources

Hey all –

I will post a series of these to introduce you to some quality “innovative resources” you may be able to use. Please feel free to write your OWN “Innovative Resources” post to share with your peers! You have access to so many fantastic resources that could benefit yourself and others. We will be able to refer back to these for years to come.

Make sure to select “innovative resource” as a tag to make them easier to find.

Check out these virtual labs by McDougal Little – I studied one pretty in-depth and think it looks […]

By |February 26th, 2009|Uncategorized|1 Comment

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February 16 Class "Teaching for Understanding"

Aspects of strong elevator pitches:

student focus
sincerity and enthusiasm without hesitation (confidence)
personal
what and why
relevance

Reminders and side notes:

Objective tip for next weeks assignment: be sure that your objectives connect with your goals and essential question(s) and should be in the form of

          Given…….students will be able to……..as demonstrated by……….

Goals frame the unit

This week’s quiz pluses and arrows
Pluses

opportunity to think about and submit question #8 via email

Arrows

question #1 focuses on biology examples
watch wording/make sure wording has a universal meaning to decrease confusion

Wiggins and McTighe (2005) chap 5&6

Understanding is not being able to share facts, it is being able to apply those facts and explaining the […]

By |February 24th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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"What is it about your practice that sets you apart?"

Use the comments feature to post YOUR “elevator pitch.”

in one concise statement (not necessarily one sentence), state concisely what you care about (your epistemology) and how that plays out in your classroom through practices an outsider could SEE.

Let’s collect some good ones and edit our own as we go…

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By |February 23rd, 2009|Uncategorized|5 Comments

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Blogging Vignettes

Hey all –

As a way to get our head around what is the “innovation” we are committed to implementing this semester (and onward) our performance-based assessment for today is to construct a post for the Get Real! Science Blogigng website.

On this post, you will construct:

What – a vignette about an innovative use of a blog to support classroom practice

Why – a sentence or two “defense” explaining why this use is “innovative” (aka aligned with reform-based goals)

How – the technical details of how you did this on a blog (e.g. how to take and upload a video to the class […]

By |February 2nd, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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Pay attention video

We know that no matter how eloquent we may be, words just sometimes don’t say what we need them to. You can place video from other sites into your post. For example:

Here is some food for thought

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By |January 2nd, 2009|Uncategorized|2 Comments

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scribers and such

As I said in the comments, Nice Job Chris!  Thanks for sharing your resources as well as your ideas… Thanks for integrating your perspectives along with those shared in class.  Nice.

Remember, you can always go back and edit the resource you created, so if you come across new insights or new resources, PLEASE update your post.  This will serve as a resource for you long-term – certainly for the writing of your final reflection (seminar this semester), your portfolio (next summer) and hopefully beyond!  Integrate your readings if you can!

Just to make sure everyone (or as many as possible) […]

By |November 12th, 2008|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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reminder, clarification and announcement

Hi all –

REMINDER: Please complete both sides of the learning styles inventory (bright green sheet) you were given in class.  That will make our time with Mike DuPre most productive – he can focus more on diversifying instruction and assessment and less time on tallying & addition 😉

The next two comments are just for pre-service teachers – Emily, Ashley, Donna & Jason, feel free to read, but these things don’t really pertain to you.

CLARIFICATION:  I made a mistake about “official observations” for Fall.  Only your supervisor will  formally observe you in the fall BEFORE your 4-week student teaching. Michael […]

By |October 22nd, 2008|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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Class notes from 10/6

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes”-Marcel Proust

So, what can we take away from this? One of our goals as educators is to see the right in all students “wrong” answer. Kind of like, for every bad event that happens, something good has to come out of it. Find the star in every student and let it shine! 

Some other things we will strive to see our classrooms:

student to student communication (remember, students are each others best resources)
connection of content to prior knowledge and the students out of school lives
movement
engagement
adequate wait time
meaningful (specific) praise
value of student […]

By |October 7th, 2008|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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