Goals: The Get Real! Science Research Group is committed to merging diverse lenses to understand and make positive change for urban youth and the adults who teach them in and through science.


  • Invest in thinking about the various projects and choose one to work on for the semester
  • Develop our understandings of self determination theory and how it relates to the work of STARS

For our journals:



Email our group: grs-rg@googlegroups.com

Blackboard organizations: Science STARS – see the different projects

Confidentiality – a must!!

Note Taking – Google Doc – Xiaoyu started us off – thanks! https://docs.google.com/document/d/13w978cv5hfuzL59G284wGBu1cgWcPpgAwKlrxPwKk7Y/edit?usp=sharing

RSRB – EPRP # – -email it to April – Nick sent out the information (attached a pdf and this note: Please follow the directions in the PDF attached below to start the certification process.) Here is a link the RCSB’s initial certification page: https://www.rochester.edu/ohsp/education/certification/initialCertification.html

Self-Determination Theory
Nick offered an overview of SDT. Afterward, I found this image to be inspiring as we were thinking about the teachers’ role in nurturing learners moves toward intrinsic motivation:
SDT Teacher image
Figure 1. A pictorial representation of the self-determination model of motivational development. Reprinted from Skinner and Chi (2012). Retrieved from http://rgriffinuwg.blogspot.com/2014/06/theoretical-frameworks-of-motivation.html on January 29, 2016.
One thing I don’t want to forget: We need to tell the story of how motivating it is for teachers to “achieve” (not sure that’s the right word) the goals of SDT with youth in STARS and in the classroom.  Really important contribution!