August 24, 2018

The other day while my children were playing with their cousins, I decided to watch some TV while I folded mountains of laundry. When I clicked the remote, Who Wants To Be a Millionaire—Whiz Kid came on and I was instantly intrigued. A young adult contestant was in the midst of making his thinking visible as he worked to answer the question. He was running through the calculations and connections...

March 22, 2018

This is how I thought about science as a first year sixth-grade science teacher: So much content and so few days to teach it all. I needed to get all those facts and content into their 12-year-old heads as fast as possible. A few weeks into a unit, though, I noticed sub-zero levels  of engagement, motivation, and care for science. I remember thinking, “What is wrong with these kids?? Science is AH...

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