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Making Choices and Making Messes: What student agency looks like in science classrooms

Making Choices and Making Messes: What student agency looks like in science classrooms

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) encourage students to not just “know about science,” but to actively engage in “doing science.” Rather than carrying out pre-designed investigations, students should have “epistemic agency,” or ownership…
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Science Adoption is Here!

Science Adoption is Here!

Curriculum adoption is upon us! It is an exciting time to finally be getting a curriculum for science, but also a daunting task. Teachers know that curriculum comes and goes, but for the several years we have one, we have to make sure it's a good…
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Follow the planets, April through July 2020

Follow the planets, April through July 2020

In the evening sky, Venus shines at peak brilliance in April, while setting in a dark sky more than three hours after sunset. In May, Venus drops dramatically, disappearing into bright twilight before month’s end. On its way down, Venus on May 21 has…
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Never Forget, You'll Need It Tomorrow

Never Forget, You'll Need It Tomorrow

Brain researchers claim that the average person will forget 70% of what they experience within 24 hours.
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Bringing College to High School

Bringing College to High School

One day during our weekly Professional Development, we were discussing how to prepare students for college.
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Phenomena Are Everywhere!

Phenomena Are Everywhere!

A few weekends ago, I attended the Brunch with the Birds at the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, located just south of Sacramento.
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Science Teachers in Love!

Science Teachers in Love!

If you missed the Member's Only reception at the CSTA conference in San Jose, Oct. 19, 2019, you missed a good time. But you missed something more exciting than just food, drink, camaraderie, and a chance to explore the Tech Interactive. You missed…
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If You Give a Teacher a Flyer...

If You Give a Teacher a Flyer...

I was fortunate enough to attend the Climate Summit pre-conference day at the 2019 CSTA Conference in San Jose. In addition to wonderful speakers, the pre-summit offered participants an opportunity to sit in on roundtable sessions to learn about the…
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How I Teach Science in Three 25 Minute Sessions

How I Teach Science in Three 25 Minute Sessions

I have a passion for science. However, even with my dedication to my favorite subject, I find it difficult to find the time to teach science at the elementary level with a mountain of subjects piled on my desk.
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