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This Week in GRS

This week in GRS we resumed our talk about what teaching in a 21st century classroom means to us. Our opener for the class focused on the difference between ‘Cover’ and ‘Uncover’ curriculum. That is to say, the difference between discovery based education and education strictly concerned with covering the curriculum or the standards posed to the educators. (see below)

After the opener was finished we focused in on these guiding questions for the night;

What are the critical elements of a successful reform-based science classroom?
What are the implications for professional learning of the reform-based classroom/NGSS?
What is understanding?

By |January 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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Greetings readers,

Rarely do I endorse or read articles that just redundantly repeat stats to illustrate the same point but from time to time there is an article or resource which when read strikes a key with me and imprints on me, but not in the way you would expect. This article goes through the demographics within schools and within the United States in general to hit home the point that the aging white demographic is no longer the dominating presence within schools however it is the dominant presence within the administration of those schools.
But school leaders should bear in mind […]

By |January 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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What I hope for…

As the new New York State science standards begin to be rolled out this summer and into the next school year there are a few things that I hope for as it happens. Before I begin though, I should let you know a little more about how I see effective science instruction happening.

It is my belief that knowledge is active and is transmitted best through the continuity and interaction of direct experience. This is a belief that influences daily my mission and philosophy surrounding my role as science teacher; a role that has allowed me to fulfill a fundamental […]

By |January 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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Reflecting on Reform-based Science Learning

Happy 2017!

My apologies for not blogging recently, or frequently in the past few months. With the holidays over and the new year up and running, my blogging will become more consistent. Over the past four weeks, I have been full time student teaching at an urban high school in the Rochester City School District. With only one day left of teaching my Living Environment students, I want to take this time to reflect on my experiences and share a few reform-based pedagogical techniques I have learned along the way.

One technique entails clarifying content knowledge for students, while also allowing […]

By |January 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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What has the 2016-2017 GRS Cohort been up to?


As we start new semesters and prepare for our last student teaching placements, we begin to think critically about what our classrooms will look like next year. In this week’s seminar and EDU 448 classes, we began envisioning our ideal 21st century science classrooms.
We started EDU 448, by brainstorming our perceptions of the “important 21st century skills” we hope to teach our students. As future teachers, we aim to prepare students for the lives they’ll lead in the 21st century. 


After reviewing our notes from the Costa Kalick article, we engaged in a “what if” dialogue. We took turns […]

By |January 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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GRS Team – New Year, New Goals – Let’s Share Our Voice

Hi GRS Colleagues –

For many reasons, this new year calls us to have a more pronounced and intentional voice in our professional community and community at large.

I am hoping this blog will be the home for many thought-provoking and action-driving posts, a strong resource for all those who are working to make science education meaningful, accessible, equitable, effective and fun – for ALL learners!!

30 days of Blogging – Let’s make having and sharing our voice our routine – our new habit!!

And, while we are talking, check out this awesome collection of resources related to science education and the NGSS.  What an […]

By |January 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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Rural Schools: Realizing and Reflecting on Resources

Last Monday my cohort and I had the pleasure of visiting a local K-12 school in a rural NY town. During our daylong visit, we met with administrators, school teachers and students and soon learned of the school’s lack of funds. Despite being financially strained, we observed effective uses of the school’s resources, both the indoor and outdoor ones. For the indoor resources, those that reside within the classroom, we watched how two science educators implemented the resource of technology to enhance student learning. The sixth grade teacher shared how technology supported students’ innovative experiments. In their sustainable trout […]

By |December 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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What is Success without Trial?

Welcome to November one and all and happy good luck day (well almost 11/11/16). We have concluded the after school program with graceful fanfare and a very successful showcase night. This experience provided some of us with a whole new view of teaching. Not just dealing with the students but constructing a meaningful investigation with an end goal in mind.

With the conclusion of our technology class that went along with STARS we come ever closer to the end of the semester. The final class the cohort participated in a panel discussion where April posed us with questions and 3 […]

By |November 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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Generating a sense of community amongst students and faculty is an important goal as the first few days of school turn into the first few weeks. When we feel apart of something, integrated into the experience, we are forced to become active participants. A sense of community is an integral part of generating this integration. If you have read this Blog you may be realizing that I speak often and highly of the school I left in order to return to Rochester. So I want to apologize for starting to sound a bit like Phoebe but I would like […]

By |September 17th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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Looking forward to STARS in the Fall

Hello savvy readers Mike here filling you in on the most recent week in GRS. So our class Science and Literacy is coming to an end as does some of the cohorts first semester at Warner and others last semester.

For Tuesday (because we only had class Tuesday) we brought together previous and current GRS students and started brainstorming and and planning for the STARS program in the fall. Besides the 5 new cohort members everyone in the room had experience with the program and was eager to help the new members out.  To keep the explanation brief, we are […]

By |June 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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Sorry, I can’t hang out, I’m busy sciencing

“Is it seriously mid-June already? What happened to the last two weeks of my life?” I’m pretty sure most of us in EDU 487 felt like this at some point during class. This week was crunch time for our Investigative Design projects and Christa’s face pretty much sums up our feelings about the workload… (Not that we’re complaining of course. It all turned out great, I promise!)For Tuesday each group wrote a rough draft of the final paper, prepared a first attempt at the presentation, and began their inquiry maps. Andrea kept us in good humor, and asked us […]

By |June 17th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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Getting excited about science!

Welcome back, James here reporting this week. We had a very eventful week! First we went to East High on Tuesday (6/7) where East High 10th graders presented to us data they had collected on local topics of interests (see photos). The students collaborated with SUNY ESF and Earth Works, and it was an absolute honor for all of us to be there and view their work! All of the presenters did a phenomenal job communicating the results and experiences of their research. Each one of us learned something new about the environmental challenges facing our community. It was […]

By |June 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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