11 Things We Learned This Week

This week, we learned … … why white school districts have so much more money. How does the Census help inform to how schools are funded?   … climate change might make some clouds extinct. That’s right, clouds. What do clouds have to do with weather and climate?   … creatures in the deepest, darkest part of the ocean are eating plastic. How is plastic … Continue reading 11 Things We Learned This Week

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Strategy Share: Teaching Literacy in the Science Classroom

“How can my students learn literacy in a science classroom?” As a science teacher, I frequently hear this question from my colleagues. It is easy to confuse literacy for the act of learning to read, when really literacy is the act of reading to learn. This confusion can make non-language arts teachers believe that literacy is not a part of their instruction. Continue reading Strategy Share: Teaching Literacy in the Science Classroom

Testing Buoyancy with Kitchen Drogues

This post was written by educator Doug Levin. It’s Saturday morning, the sun is up, and I’m sitting here with a cup of hot tea looking out onto my tidal creek. The wind is blowing out of the west, but the tide is going out, emptying to the east. I know this through observation. The wind is pushing waves up the creek. At the same … Continue reading Testing Buoyancy with Kitchen Drogues

Strategy Share: Using Immersive Stimuli to Drive Student Inquiry

As student inquiry becomes a primary focus of social studies and science instruction, educators across the nation are designing lessons that challenge learners to ask and answer their own questions. Asking effective questions is a critical authentic skill, yet it can be challenging, especially for learners new to the inquiry process. Continue reading Strategy Share: Using Immersive Stimuli to Drive Student Inquiry

Five Fresh Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Once again it is that time of year when hearts, flowers, poetry, cozy romantic atmospheres, and all things red and pink are sought by individuals and couples alike in an effort to express and impress. Have you ever wondered if there was a better—or at least different—way to go about this whole “celebration of love” idea? I admit the thought crossed my mind a time … Continue reading Five Fresh Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day