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Including Students With Disabilities in Advanced Science Classes






The 2013 National Science Foundation (NSF) report Women, Minorities, and Persons With Disabilities in Science and Engineering indicates that “U.S. citizens and permanent residents earned higher numbers of science and engineering (S&E) doctorates in 2009 than they did in 1999. Since 2008, they’ve earned more doctorates in S&E fields than in non-S&E fields.” In 2010, the […]

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Arranging a science classroom






I’m student teaching now at an elementary school, and I want to emphasize science. In the classrooms I observe, I see many different layouts and arrangements, but what is the best way to organize a classroom? When I get my own classroom, where do I start? —Alexander,  Albuquerque, New Mexico I’ve been in dozens of […]

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Assessments for learning






During the past few years, this blog has addressed several questions about formative assessments. These just-in-time assessments embedded in instruction help a teacher understand what students are learning, identify misconceptions, and adjust instruction as needed. These assessments are an integral part of instruction, not an add-on or special event. These informal (and often ungraded) assessments […]

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(Dis)organized students






My middle school students this year are very scatterbrained. It seems to take forever for them to get focused at the beginning of class and to find the materials they need when I ask for them during class. When it’s time to get into groups for a lab activity, there is a lot of commotion. […]

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Bell-to-bell learning






I was recently at a workshop where the presenter used the term “bell-to-bell teaching.” As a student teacher, I was embarrassed to ask what this means. —Cory, Mobile, Alabama Teachers can’t control the length of the class periods, but they can control how they use the time they have. The goal should be to maximize […]

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“Distractions” in the classroom






I’m having some classroom management problems in my middle school science classes. I think the classroom itself provides many distractions and contributes to the problem. My middle-school students sit at lab tables, facing each other.  Their chairs spin, they are able to open the drawers and put trash in, they can turn on the sinks, […]

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On being a “cooperating” teacher: The greatest lesson ever






In a previous blog on student teaching, Christina Atton reflected on her student teaching in science. Her cooperating teacher, Ms. Chevin Stone (from Donald E. Gavit MS/HS in Hammond, IN), shares her experiences as Christina’s cooperating teacher. When my principal emailed asking for a volunteer to work with a student teacher in a science classroom, […]

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Classroom seating arrangements






I am trying to decide how to arrange my classroom with 22–27 chemistry students per class. Last year, my desks were arranged in the traditional manner: rows with an aisle. This year I’m thinking of setting the desks up in pods of four or in pairs. Do you have any advice on desk arrangements? —Melanie, […]

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Clickers in the science classroom






We are applying for a grant to upgrade the technology in our science department, and we’re thinking of buying “clickers.” Do you have any advice? —Iris, Salem, Oregon Clickers (personal response devices) look like calculators Students use keypads to respond to a question, often multiple-choice, and the results are tabulated and displayed—similar to popular television […]

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LOL in science class






Today I needed a laugh. This workshop was the best place to get one–and some good science as well.






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