Phenomenal Science

Phenomenal Science

Pete's Get Real! Science Blog

This week in my student teaching placement I had the opportunity to design a phenomenon driven learning experience for my class’s diffusion and osmosis unit. This class was sandwiched between finishing all of the notes and a state lab in which student would be exploring the influence of different salt solutions on the physiology of […]

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In my observations at Eastridge High School many teachers dedicate the first ten minutes of class for review. Some have gone well, while others have not. So, what makes for a good review session? The Goal The goal of a good review session is two things: A good review session refreshes and/or tests understanding. A […]

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Technology is an incredible tool for science teachers. When used correctly technology can enhance student learning and build crucial new literacy skills. However, when used incorrectly, technology can be a hindrance. In order to prepare teachers to effectively implement technology in the classroom Larry Flick and Randy Bell developed five guidelines.   Technology should be introduced […]

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We learned last week that wetlands play an important role in filtering watershed and mitigating flooding (if you haven’t read my previous post, I’m a Fan of Wetlands, I’d recommend doing that before reading this post). When wetlands are damaged, like the one surrounding Lake Ontario, the ability for the environment to handle the pressure […]

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NPR’s Invisibilia podcast episode, titled “How to Become Batman,” is perhaps the best podcast I have ever listened to (https://www.npr.org/programs/invisibilia/378577902/how-to-become-batman).  With so many great podcasts out there I realize that this is quite the claim, but no other podcast has changed the way I think about something so dramatically. “How to Become Batman” chronicles the […]

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Teaching science is about leveraging phenomena that exists within the student’s culture to create interest and enthusiasm. As educators, it is critical that we recognize that students already contain an extraordinary amount of knowledge. This knowledge is manifested in the community and culture that the students interact with every day and can be expanded on […]

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