Author Archives: Gabe Kraljevic

Hallmarks

What makes you believe a student teacher is going to make an excellent teacher one day? – J., Ohio I looked for several things in student teachers to indicate they were on the right track: Cared about their students. First and foremost, remember that you are teaching children and young adults. Be caring and flexible. […]

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This student is too loud. This student is too quiet. This student is…

I have a few students who chatter excessively and need advice on methods that have worked to quiet the disruption. I also need to involve students who are reluctant to participate in a group setting. —H., Arizona I like a chatty, active classroom— provided the students are on task. I would give students opportunities to […]

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Confidence!

I understand that confidence comes with experience, but I was wondering if you have any tricks or tips that helped you become more confident as a teacher? – J., Ohio To calm my own nerves, I would remind myself: No one expects perfection. Just be reflective of your lessons and interactions with students. I was […]

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Tackling Misconceptions and Personal Beliefs

How do you overcome misconceptions that many students will have coming into your classrooms? What is the best way to handle and approach situations when personal beliefs are involved? — M., Arkansas   Misconceptions abound in almost every topic we could study in science! To help anticipate some common misconceptions search NSTA’s The Learning Center and […]

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Absentee Student

One student in the class I currently teach has only been present one day out of four weeks. How should I keep this student up to date with the work that he is missing? Any tips and advice are greatly appreciated! — O., Ohio Talk to your cooperating teacher to learn what strategies have been […]

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What do you teach?

What is the most important part of teaching to remember when teaching science?  – C., Iowa I would ask all my student teachers, “What do you teach?” Without hesitation, they would answer science, biology, chemistry, or another discipline. I would then tell them, “I teach kids.” The most important thing is to remember that you […]

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The Art of Teaching Science

What are some hands-on ideas of how to integrate science into music and art classes?  – A., Iowa I believe that teachers should try to integrate subjects! Here are just a few ideas; search the NSTA Learning Center and NGSS@NSTA for more. Science in Music You can stretch large metal springs or plastic dryer vent tubes […]

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Teaching Visually-impaired Students

I am writing to ask for suggestions to teach visually-impaired students science. How do you suggest to teach such students? — M., Iowa   First, you need to get to know the student as an individual learner. Start by asking the student how you can support them in your class. Then, discover and contact the supports […]

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Public Posts

I am hoping to have “word walls” in my classroom for subject areas. What would be some beneficial words no matter the age level for the science classroom?  — H., Iowa Great idea! I have always maintained that teaching science is also like teaching a new language to students. Working on vocabulary to use when communicating […]

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Go Knights!

This month’s blogs feature questions sent to me by students of Michael D. Bechtel, EdD, assistant professor of science education, Biology Department of Wartburg College, Iowa. As part of their coursework they were asked to connect to professional learning communities and many of them found resources on the NSTA website – including this blog. Many […]

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