Science classrooms are unique as far as classrooms go. They are not only a place of learning and discovery, but also a place where curiosity is sparked, where new interests are ignited and unique experieces take place. It was during my teacher practicum that I first experienced the remarkable potential science classrooms have to become a place of true inspiration and nourishment for curiosity. During my five weeks practicum I spend my time in a middle school classroom inhabited by a handful of species; including turtles, frogs and lizards. I experienced first hand how these animals allowed students to ask questions they otherwise would not have thought of and to connect their first hand experiences with these animals to processess that they either had experienced seen before or that they only had seen on nature shows. By the end of the practicum it was clear to me that the way a science classroom can engage students is by providing opprtunities to interact with animals. This experience planted a seed in my mind, a seed that rapidly sprouted once I had my own science classroom. Below are just a few examples of things that only happen in a science classroom, in this case, specifically my classroom over the last few months. It's a growing list, so check back for updates.
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Science classrooms are unique learning environments unlike any other classrooms. As a matter of fact, some things only happen in science classrooms. Here is a collection of event that happened in my own science classroom over the last school year. It's a growing list, so check back for updates.
Report from yours truly live-tweeting and navigating the melee at GETCA 2015 (Annual Greater Edmonton Teachers' Conference).
Can a pencil be more than just your average run of the mill pencil? The legendary Palomino Blackwing Pearl can take a student or teacher's writing to new heights. We have taken a batch of the Pearls for a spin and are blown away by how much writing and sketching can be transformed by this unassuming pencil.
Dr. Pineda's Classroom is going YouTube with the release of its first screencast on the exciting topic of calculating percents. Only time will tell if this is the start of something big and shiny or just a passing fad.
After several weeks working on setting up habitats for new classroom animals the big day finally arrived. The newest addition to our classroom include aquatic denizens in our new aquarium and a teenage bearded dragon with lots of attitude and no table manners.