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Professional Learning & Collaboration: What’s the Deal?

Greetings Folks!

Welcome to another addition of the Get Real! Science blog brought to you by Dan B. This week’s theme revolved around collaboration, particularly in professional learning settings, as well as using these opportunities to examine student work.  So let’s collaborate!

Our first dive into considering how we examine student work came through our Literature Circle discussion around an article by Krebs & Colton. This piece had us examine a particular example of student work and the analysis done by a group of mathematics teachers in a professional development setting. Key features that came out during our literature circle discussion:


Manganese: How do we plan assessment?

Greetings All! Welcome back for another week of GRS class reflections, and another week in the world of chemistry! Today’s element is Manganese, which is responsible for the brilliantly purple color of the permanganate ion as well as a diverse group of other oxidation states and colors.

Tonight we talk about assessment and the importance it plays not only in unit design but also in redesign and revisitation.
Andrea began our class with a few well-timed words of wisdom, talking about reflection as a critical component of teaching -> always want to be reflecting during and after our lessons and using […]

Learning from an other’s perspective

A major strength of a rich and diverse professional education community is the multiple and varied perspectives offered and considered by members and applied to practice because of this “meeting of the minds.”  While we have reaped the benefits of this community amongst ourselves as an ED 434 class composed of members from many content fields and walks of life, it is often an outside guest perspective that really pushes us to consider our positions in context and engage with opposing, tangential, or differently-framed points-of-view.  This was no more evident than in our most recent class meeting, where we […]

By |November 27th, 2015|Class scribe post|1 Comment

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The Great Wind Blows.. Towards Camp!

Wednesday & Friday, July 22nd & 24th, 2015

As our week moved on through Wednesday and Friday, the excitement and thrill of camp loomed large on the horizon.

Wednesday began with a lot of energy. We first filled out, as a group, our expectations for our students on sample inquiry maps, to help better align our thinking with this framework. We then moved into a dry-run of the group opener we we had planned the day before, featuring Teams Earth, Wind, and Water, as well as Captain Planet (Andrea C.), Sailor Moon (Andrea P.), and Mother Earth (JoAnn M.).  We made this […]

The Calm Before the Storm

Monday, July 20, 2015


7 Wonders of the World, 7 diatomic elements in their standard states, and 7 days left until camp!

The GRS cohort started this week off strong, with spirits held high as we enter our final week of preparation before camp week.  We began our Monday with a little “As you enter” activity, posting our thoughts and ideas from our last set of readings.

We followed immediately with our reading discussion, sharing our ideas from our critical commentaries and teasing out what bringing meaningful, authentic science inquiry into the classroom might look like. Daniel shared his question about inquiry, […]

Summing Up, Going Back, and Moving Forward!

With sharp minds and warm hearts (and yes, a few sunburns too!) already piqued from an exciting day of data collection at Ontario and Durand beaches, the Get Real! Science teams hit the ground running this week with:
Topic of the Day

… and Grafitti Board!

In our Topic of the Day, we considered teaching practices that we felt were exemplified during our time in 487. We’re not just thinking meta about data anymore, but about class too!

Our attention was then turned to our Graffiti Board, where we returned to our initial model of integrating science and literacy that juxtaposes the natures […]