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After the Bell
I enjoy listening to the ED 422 students' comments and questions during class each week, but our class time is over. This page contains a blog that I set up to continue sharing ideas. Each week, I usually run across articles, studies, etc, that might be interesting to new science teachers. I'd love to read your comments.
(Click on the entry's title to read the whole article, and leave your comments at the bottom of the page.
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Teaching for the 21st Century
Oct 14, 2007
When I began teaching high school physics in the late 1980s, I wanted to introduce my students to the way that electronic data collection techniques, i.e. using computers and probes to collect and analyze data, were changing how scientific investi...
The Pressure of a Fresh Start
Sep 1, 2007
One of the things I loved about teaching was its annual opportunity for forgiveness and redemption. The years that I was able to teach the same topics to a different set of students gave me the hope of eventually doing … Continu...
Transformational Teaching (?)
Aug 14, 2007
The August 14, 2007 episode of public radio’s The Story focused on Rafe Esquith’s views of students and teaching. Mr. Esquith is a fifth grade teacher in Los Angeles and has written a book called “Teach Like Your Hair...
Grand Visions of Public Schooling
Jul 2, 2007
Mike Rose’s commentary in ED Week, “Grand Visions and Possible Lives,” reminded me of the importance of the day-to-day interactions teachers of all types have with students in public schools. Rose visited public schools acr...
A Graduate’s Cognitive Backpack
Apr 17, 2007
As you gain experience as a teacher, your awareness of and concern for the development of your students will probably grow. When I was teaching, I was often concerned about how I was contributing to my students’ preparation for college &hell...
Is Requiring More Science and Math Obviously a Good Idea?
Apr 9, 2007
I read today that the State of Colorado decided to buck this year’s trend by refusing to require high school students to take more science and math. Their decision is described here. On the face of it, it seems obvious … C...
Newsflash: High School Students are Bored
Mar 14, 2007
🙂 The High School Survey of Student Engagement was conducted by researchers at Indiana University. I found one excerpt from an interview especially interesting: Yazzie-Mintz says the survey indicates students are just trying to get the dip...
Prof encourages diversity in science.
Mar 14, 2007
A conversation with Michael Summers described in the NYT tells about an undergraduate program at the University of Maryland – Baltimore County that recruits and nurtures minority scientists. In addition to the main point of the article...
Scientific Theories, Laws, and Facts
Jan 24, 2007
Though how science actually works is often studied by philosophers of science more than by practicing scientists, the national science education standards clearly call for science teachers to help their students to understand how scientific knowle...
Activities Before Content…
Jan 12, 2007
This article in Education Week discusses a Boston teacher’s efforts to integrate high quality laboratory experiences in his ninth grade physics class. You may wonder why this is news, but I am curious whether you agree with the author’...
Learning from the FlatClassroomProject
Dec 19, 2006
Vicki Davis is a Georgia computer science teacher who has emerged over the last year as a voice for utilizing aspects of the read/write web in classrooms. In December, she partnered with Julie Lindsey, a teacher at an International school &h...
An Extremely Sad Classroom Story
Dec 18, 2006
This weekend, while grading some nicely done unit plans, I listened to an extremely disturbing radio show. This week’s episode of This American Life was entitled “Shouting Across the Divide” and featured tales of being Muslim in ...
Technology will challenge our thinking as teachers.
Dec 14, 2006
I ran across this post by Chris Lehmann, a former tech coordinator and now principal of the Science Learning Academy in Philadelphia. He talks about two ideas that are probably central for a principal at a “progressive” school: Making ...
Einstein’s Views about Diversity and Equality
Dec 4, 2006
The public radio show “Speaking of Faith” has devoted two episodes to Einsteins spiritual and ethical views. The podcasts as well as a significant collection of related resources can be found in the SOF Archive. In the ethics episode, ...
Urban Students Lacking in Science
Nov 19, 2006
Anthony, Diana, and I saw this NYT article and thought it interesting. This article reports on NAEP test results for elementary and middle schoolers. It would be interesting to know more about the assessment items.
History of Standardized Testing
Nov 14, 2006
I ran across a Washington Post article by Jay Matthews that summarizes a history of standardized testing. Though it was interesting learn about the roots of standardized testing, the article does not delve into the influence that state-level...
Why “After the Bell?”
Nov 14, 2006
One difference between teaching a college course and teaching a high school course is the lack of continuity. Our teaching methods class meets one evening per week. This is very different from seeing students an hour each day every weekday. &helli...
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