New Year…

The first month of the new year is coming to an end and our cohort is finding their place in different classrooms with new students. As I begin to lesson plan, I try to find ways I can build upon the students’ understanding of science as I enter into their classroom half way through the year. I am looking for designs that let me bring my theory and ideas into the classroom, but not throw off the balance that is already there.

As a preservice teacher, the one thing I find I can not get enough of is material. I am always searching for a variety of thoughts and ways to really prepare, scaffold, and engage students in learning. This semester I am going to try to use my blog to offer ideas, and share what has worked and what has not worked. Please feel free to share the same.

In one of my classes at Warner we were discussing how we should make goals visible to students. As I have been going over the goals for the unit on Minerals and Rocks, I have been thinking of ways to make them explicit to the students.

As I was reading through articles I found a suggestion. Marzano, Pickering, & Pollock discuss a teacher who uses a learning journal with her 6th graders. She used the following format to not only share goals with her students, but also let them set their own personal goals.


silly(Marzano, Pickering, & Pollock, p. 148, 2011)

I thought it could be useful now, or even in a future classroom setting.


Marzano, R. J., Pickering, D., & Pollock, J. E. (2001). Classroom

instruction that works: Research-based strategies for

increasing student achievement. Alexandria, Va: Association for

Supervision and Curriculum Development.