Author Archives: Sarah Roels

About Sarah Roels

I'm a former Ph.D. student at the University of Kansas in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department. I study mating system evolution in plants, using the model system Mimulus. I now work at Michigan State University as their GK-12 project manager.

Catch-up time!

Right-o, the spring semester is absolutely flying by and I just realized that I have a couple of posts to catch up on! This entry is going to be journal style, just for fun. Thursday March 8 – Today my … Continue reading

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Instructive destructive inquiry

That’s a strange title, isn’t it? How do you combine instructive, explorative inquiry with bored, restless seventh graders to maximum effect? Answer: Let them destroy things in the pursuit of learning. Last week our kiddos finished up their unit on … Continue reading

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The Mixed Bag continues

Yesterday was my 7th visit to Central Middle this spring semester, and I admit, I’m still confused as to how to truly optimize learning in the classroom. I realize all the ‘real’ teachers out there probably think I’m naive for … Continue reading

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If at first…try, try again.

Today was another very challenging day at Central Middle that drove home a concept that we (the GK-12 fellows) have discussed in the past in our weekly meetings. Other fellows have commented to each other, and in the blog, that … Continue reading

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Impromptu inquiry

This week I had the pleasure of whipping together an unplanned inquiry-based learning exercise with my students–and being wonderfully surprised with the participation and learning that occurred! The students had ‘pullouts’, which I don’t understand at all, but it meant … Continue reading

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A day of ups and downs

Yesterday was a very confusing day for me at Central Middle, full of both positives and negatives. One up-side is that the school was featured on KC’s NBC Action News as a school that is a “success” despite being underadvantaged. … Continue reading

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Photos from previous lessons

I spent a rather truncated day at Central Middle last Thursday because of not feeling well. My students continued learning about Newton’s 3 laws of motion with a fun activity emulating a waiter whisking a tablecloth out from underneath a … Continue reading

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