Amanda Cox

Science Teacher Q&A: David, Palestine ISD Intermediate (4-6)

What advice do you have for new science teachers?

Know your material. Know your TEKS. Hands on activities are a must. Science is about experiences not about books.

How do you assist students that struggle with reading understand the science content? How do assist ESL students?

Experiencing science. Lab activities where the kids see the concept and experience the concept. Works for both poor readers and ESL students.

Where do you get your ideas for instructional strategies?

Books, experience, and other teachers (you steal ideas)

Do you keep up with research in your field? Who are the experts?

Yes. I have no idea.

What materials or resources do you use for instruction?

Anything I can get my hands on.

What effects have you seen with the implementation of high stakes testing?

Science instruction has suffered as the focus has gone to answering multiple choice questions on a test instead of learning through discovery in the lab.

Physics of Learning Blog

This blog has lots of ideas on how to integrate techology into the science classroom and how to keep the environment engaging and student centered.

BC Physics 180

This is a "sister" blog to the Physics of Learning Blog. It is more of a "day in the life" blog that I think most of can really relate to. The blog includes pictures of daily activities, games, and daily tips and tricks for teaching 8th grade science.

KCSD Lesson Series Sarah Jarrard 6th Grade Science "Radiation, Convection, Conduction"

I like this video of science teaching because it goes through the lesson cycle. It starts with a review of previous concepts, the student reads the objective for the day and sets the purpose for the lesson. The students make a foldable to summarize the information of the concept. This video shows a lesson where the students are engaged and actively learning.
KCSD Lesson Series Sarah Jarrard 6th Grade Science "Radiation, Convection, Conduction"