Science

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Robert E. Yager

Dr. Yager's current research focuses on Science-Technology-Society (STS) which affected more recent STEM efforts. He was recently president of the National Association of Science-Technology-Society and is actively promoting research and staff development focusing on STS and STEM in Korea, China, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Estonia, Turkey, and Germany. His current publications include a book, Science-Technology-Society: As Reform in Science Education, and a monograph series. Dr. Yager has received numerous awards including the Jose Vasconcelos World Award and NSTA’s Robert H. Carleton Award for Distinguished Service. Yager continues to edit Exemplary Science Programs (ESP) for the National Science Teachers Association. The most recent ones are entitled “Exemplary Science for Building Interest in STEM Careers” and “Exemplary STEM Programs: Designs for Success”.

Science Lesson on Sound

Science Lesson Review

This lesson focuses on the skill of sound. The teachers does a great job in introducing the lesson and building background knowledge. She also engages the children by drawing on their knowledge of the topic. She allows children to do hand on activities to reinforce the lecture portion of the lesson. During the experiment/activity, she goes around to monitor, access, and answer clarifying questions. The children also seem to enjoy working in collaborative groups and engaging in teamwork.

Interview

Brandis is a seventh grade science teacher for Longview Isd at Judson Middle School.

Why did you start teaching science? I have always enjoyed learning about how and why things work. I love sharing my joy of science with young learners also.

How do you keep science instruction fresh and new? I use very diverse instructional practices in my class. I often put content to songs and raps. Youngerters love music and orality and this often helps then retain material.

How do you integrate cross curricular content? I often use reading passages and comprehension questions in my classes. These passages reinforce the skill of the week or the unit skill that we are on.

How do you keep pacing, while making sure your students are really mastering science content? I really try to stay with the scope and sequence. However, I do look at my assessment data to see areas of confusion and attempt to go back to those skills to clarify them.

How do you differentiate sciecne instruction? I normally have tiered assignments for my students. Students that are identified as gifted or high performing, I give them more challenging assignments that pull on their inquiry and problem solving skills.

Science Blog

http://ohmyscienceteacher.blogspot.com

The author of this blog is Mrs. Cortez. This is a great rescue for science teachers, because it focus on the logistics of structuring a sicken classroom. This blog allows fellow science teachers to collaborate and help each other through shared experiences.