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Roger Jones

Solubility of Gases 3 Replies

Started by Roger Jones. Last reply by Kim Lightle Oct 12, 2011.

Mary Henton

Cornell Notes and cells 4 Replies

Started by Mary Henton. Last reply by Paul D. Boyer, Ph.D. Sep 25, 2011.

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David R. Wetzel Comment by David R. Wetzel on December 15, 2011 at 5:21pm

Warning: Flipping Your Classroom May Lead to Increased Student Unde...

Flipping a classroom is not a teaching technique, it is more in line with a philosophy or way of teaching. It involves using technology as a tool, not the main focus, for helping students to increase their understanding of science or math concepts.

David R. Wetzel Comment by David R. Wetzel on December 8, 2011 at 4:45pm

Motivating Underachieving Students in Math and Science

Your students’ future and education needs are not like yours and mine. For the most part, we are a product of an education system heavily influenced by the industrial age - lectures and rote memorization. This style of teaching was primarily designed to produce factory and skilled trade workers.

Due to the dynamics of today’s world economy, most students no longer have the same types of jobs waiting for them when they graduate. Their future is in the service, health, and technology career fields. However, there is still a demand for skilled trade workers (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010).

Today’s education system is still following the demands of the industrial age. So how does this clash with students’ needs for the future?

Tom Jenkins Comment by Tom Jenkins on November 8, 2011 at 12:47pm
Was working with some folks from the Concord Consortium last week and they turned me on to these great interactive science simulations (they are also open source!). http://www.concord.org/activities

I'm always on the lookout for similar activities, so please feel free to share your own.

David R. Wetzel Comment by David R. Wetzel on September 14, 2011 at 9:45pm
How to Encourage Critical Thinking in Science and Math

Encouraging students to use critical thinking is more than an extension activity in science and math lessons, it is the basis of true learning.


Teaching students how to think critically helps them move beyond basic
David R. Wetzel Comment by David R. Wetzel on August 9, 2011 at 5:14pm
Power Point Presentations Beyond Note Taking

The use of PowerPoint presentations in schools takes advantage of education technology integration strategies and techniques. However, student learning is not improved when these presentations are merely a substitute for note taking bullets from older overhead projectors. To take advantage of the power of this technology, the elimination of boring slide shows must be replaced with interactive story telling that keeps students engaged.
David R. Wetzel Comment by David R. Wetzel on July 7, 2011 at 11:02am
Advantages of Active Learning in Science and Math

Active learning has a powerful impact on student learning. How? Student achievement increases through mastery of science and math content as a result of this technique. Students also develop improved problem solving, communication, and higher order thinking skills.
David R. Wetzel Comment by David R. Wetzel on June 23, 2011 at 12:17pm


5 Alternative Assessment Techniques in Science and Math


Alternative assessments provide you opportunities to determine the true level of understanding your students have regarding science and math concepts. These tools improve the learning environment for your students, along with your assessment of their real understanding.


Mary Henton Comment by Mary Henton on June 2, 2011 at 8:10am

Just stumbled upon fascinating site for anyone interested in astronomy: eso.org

Virtual tours of the facilities, images, educational materials, SpaceScope (astronomy news for kids), information...Wow!

Also check out recent time lapse video from the Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the ESO site in Chile: http://youtu.be/wFpeM3fxJoQ

Kim Lightle Comment by Kim Lightle on May 25, 2011 at 5:11pm
Looking for some summer PD? Here are some offerings from NSTA - http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/online_courses/shortcourses...
Mary Henton Comment by Mary Henton on May 25, 2011 at 9:52am

Hello, All,

One of our MSP2 members, Aimee, has posted a request for middle school science teachers to assist with an e-book research project. Please check out her post and consider participating.



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