Writing Lab Reports with Technology

This week I began thinking about complex problems, or problems with multiple layers that occur in my classroom.  Currently, students struggle with getting excited about writing lab reports.  While all students find the labs fun and exciting, they often dread the required lab write-up that follows.  My goal this year, is to make science excitingContinue reading “Writing Lab Reports with Technology”

Reading Rainbow

This week, I decided to try implementing a new reading technique.  Students at my school are 2-3 grade levels behind in their reading comprehension, especially in informational text.  To help promote a love of reading and science, I decided to try something new. Many students don’t realize how important science and technology is in the realContinue reading “Reading Rainbow”

Minerals, Minerals, and more Minerals

My 8th graders just finished up their unit on minerals and they had a blast!  I decided to stray away from the book and have them discover on their own. My students started off previewing the text and defining the different properties of minerals.  Next, students chose a mineral of their choice and researched theContinue reading “Minerals, Minerals, and more Minerals”

Wicked Problem – Failure as Learning Mode

Students often focus on their grades rather than what they are learning.  They come to the classroom scared to “fail” or answer a question incorrectly in front of their peers, or getting a bad grade.  The New Media Consortium (2013) has established “failure as learning mode” as a Wicked Problem or a problem that isContinue reading “Wicked Problem – Failure as Learning Mode”

Technology in the Classroom Survey

As the technology age grows and children learn how to use tablets and SmartPhones at young ages, I was curious as to how teachers handle these situations.  This week, I surveyed a middle school about their take on technology in the classroom.  I asked teachers if they implement technology, types of websites they have foundContinue reading “Technology in the Classroom Survey”

Writing Labs with Technology

This week I began thinking about complex problems, or problems with multiple layers that occur in my classroom.  Currently, students struggle with getting excited about writing lab reports.  While all students find the labs fun and exciting, they often dread the required lab write-up that follows.  My goal this year, is to make science excitingContinue reading “Writing Labs with Technology”

Recreating Raspberry Pi Lesson with UDL

This week, I focused my studies on Universal Design for Learning or UDL. In schools, “individual variability is the norm” (CAST p. 4) and teaching to the “average” does not meet this variability. This “one size fits all” fails to “provide all individuals with fair and equal opportunities to learn by excluding learners with differentContinue reading “Recreating Raspberry Pi Lesson with UDL”