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Teacher-tested climate change lessons

August 26, 2010

I was excited to see this recent posting from my institution, CU Boulder. If you’re a teacher looking to teach climate change in the classroom, a group of scientists, science education researchers, and middle and high-school teachers have developed and refined a set of problem-based lessons: Visit them at LearnMoreAboutClimate.colorado.edu They say: The result is […]

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Enriching the intellectual life of teachers

August 27, 2009

This post is based on ideas from a presentation by Rachel Scherr of the University of Maryland and Seattle Pacific University. Teachers, Rachel says, are disenfranchised.  Just as students who have no voice in what and how they learn in the classroom, professional development is often inflicted upon teachers who have no voice in the […]

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Teaching in Urban Schools (Blogging from the AAPT)

July 27, 2009

Teaching in Urban Schools – Katya Denisova – Science Coordinator, Baltimore Public Schools. This was a talk about factors to consider when teaching science in schools with high poverty levels.  Baltimore has a large poverty rate (30% of kids under 18 live in poverty if I understood her statistic right, though that seems high), and […]

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A good multiple choice clicker question…? Help!?

June 18, 2009

I’m giving a workshop on the use of clickers in K12 classrooms next week.  I need your help!  The research says that teachers focus too much on the surface features of “example” questions that you give them.  If they’re a science teacher, they tune out during a literature question.  If they’re a history teacher, the […]

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More Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers

April 25, 2009

They just keep on coming!  There are so many workshops for teachers, I wonder how useful it is to let you know about them.  But, if there’s one in your area, and you’re available, it never hurts to dip your toes into an enrichment experience, right?  See my previous post for other professional development opportunities […]

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Pi day is just around the corner… are you ready?

March 11, 2009

Gosh, I’m posting a pi day post just FOUR DAYS before pi day.  Heavens.  Well, any teachers reading this aren’t going to be preparing until the night before, right?  Besides, pi day is, sadly, on a Saturday this year, so you can always cheat and do it on Monday if you need to! So, yes, […]

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It’s contest season!

March 10, 2009

I’ve been getting more and more notices about upcoming contests that K12 students can enter, professional opportunities for teachers, or grant deadlines coming up, so I thought I’d compile them into a blog post.  If you have others you would like to add, stick them in the comments! Teacher Institute at the Exploratorium Application deadline […]

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