Monthly Archives: November 2011

Science Fair Mayhem

The last two weeks we’ve continued to work on science fair projects.  I’m trying to work with each group at the stage they’re at to help them make progress each week.  One thing that stood out this last week is … Continue reading

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Who wants to volunteer?

I gave my problem based lesson last Monday before Thanksgiving. I wanted to do a lesson that would incorporate what they will be learning shortly in the class: speed, velocity, acceleration, and forces. It was a two part lab, the … Continue reading

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Ms. Emily: Problem-Based Lesson Part 1

Before I explain my problem-based lesson that I gave on Friday, I feel it is necessary to explain why I wanted to give this particular lesson.  Throughout this seminar we have talked about some misconceptions that students have and how … Continue reading

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Weeks 9, 10, 11 – Watersheds, field work, and MUTINY!

We are doing a 4 class unit on watersheds, water quality testing, field work, and data analysis.  We were fortunate enough to be able to work again this year with Kate Delehunt from Blue River Watershed Association to implement their … Continue reading

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Middle School Dropout

Last week my class was continuing their work on atoms and working with the periodic table. One of their assignments involved coloring, and man they really got into that. Maybe we should make everything involve coloring. Although that doesn’t mean … Continue reading

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Compound formulas and the “not very nice gas”

Today, my students learned how to write, interpret, and build models of chemical formulas. Common examples gone over in class were water, carbon dioxide, and ammonia. One objective is to understand how atoms bond together to form the millions of … Continue reading

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Testing, Testing, 1..2..3..

Last Thursday, my students were given in-class tests to help prepare them for the next checkpoint in two weeks. I observed the following about their test-taking skills (or lack thereof!): 1) Students immediately focused on the first question, without looking … Continue reading

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