Each week Debbie Osborne scours the web for the best math and science educational news and opportunities for teachers.
Science is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year
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We need a scientific literate society!
Merriam-Webster recorded a 176% increase for science website look-ups when compared with last year.
“The more we thought about it, the righter it seemed in that it does lurk behind a lot of big stories that we as a society are grappling with, whether it’s climate change or environmental regulation or what’s in our textbooks,” said John Morse, president and publisher of Merriam-Webster Inc., based in Springfield, Mass.
A Game – Science – and Practical Application!
Geo-Wiki has a new game called Cropland Capture.
“They’re turning people like you and me into data gatherers, or citizen scientists, to help identify cropland.”
The What Works Clearinghouse has released a new practice guide with tips on teaching math to children in preschool, prekindergarten, and kindergarten. Recommendations are based on a systematic review of the available literature and on the experience of a panel recruited by the Institute of Education Sciences. Suggested techniques to help children succeed include:
Use small-group activities to target different skill levels.
Get the most out of math instruction by continually monitoring children’s progress and tailoring lessons to their needs. Gather specific information about each child’s skill level, such as how they perform on a new activity. Watch how they complete the activities in class, as well as how they perform on tests.
Make math a part of the school day, and create a math-rich environment so children can see that math is a part of their everyday activities.
The guide is geared toward teachers, administrators, and other educators who want to build a strong foundation for later math learning.
“Books! The best weapons in the world!” Dr. Who (who just celebrated its 50th anniversary).
In the interest of trying something new and doing something useful, we got a little crazy with our cameras a couple weeks ago. At AIMS, we produce some great videos for our activities (I think they’re great. If you don’t then you probably haven’t seen them. What gives?), but we wanted to see what weContinue Reading
Over the last several weeks, the team of teachers at my school have begun sifting through sources of tasks online and aligning them to our sequence of instruction. We are keeping track of everything on a shared spreadsheet so the tasks can be sorted in a variety of ways, and we will maintain links soContinue Reading
As I was sitting with a third grade teacher from one of our partner schools, we started talking about connecting multiplication and division. Third Grade holds the largest responsibility for understanding multiplication and division. It is one of four critical areas. (My colleague has written a series of posts on all four critical areas forContinue Reading
Every year the National Science Teachers’ Association (NSTA) publishes a list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12. The list was just published. Click here for the link. I often get requests for reading lists that teachers can give to their librarians. Instead of letting books “walk alone,” I like to attach some hands-onContinue Reading
This week’s puzzle has been around for many years. It is one of a family of puzzles which have varying degrees of difficulty. These puzzles usually have three common characteristics. First, they all involve getting something across a river (or pond) in a boat. Second, one or more of the things in each puzzle isContinue Reading
In this post I want to add another dimension to my previous post about thinking with things. Three examples come to mind of well-known people for whom evocative objects literally shaped their life’s work. Notice that the objects are important, but it is the feelings these three people had about the objects they manipulated andContinue Reading
Each week Debbie Osborne scours the web for the best math and science educational news and opportunities for teachers. This week’s highlights: Happy Holidays! It’s amazing that bits of really interesting and slightly educational stuff you can get from Facebook. Thanks George Takei (Mr. Sulu of Star Trek fame) for posting: Darth Vader Explains theContinue Reading
A few months ago my colleague Terry Bese wrote up a few tips for flipping your classroom you might find helpful. Here is another tip for you. YouTube can be a great time saver for archiving and listing videos for your students to watch at home. The video below will show you how quick and easyContinue Reading
Now that you’ve built a single lever that can demonstrate a first, second, or third class lever, Mike demonstrates how each lever class is used to make useful tools. Also, to help students better remember the three classes, Frances shows where is each class is located in the human body. To support the use ofContinue Reading