Discussion in 'General Education' started by vickilyn, Aug 18, 2015.
Oct 12, 2015
New tonight. STEM
Oct 13, 2015
As I was looking for some inspiration to teach the concept of matter, from the element up, I ran across this link, and I really liked it. I am sharing just in case someone else could benefit from this resource.
Definitely NOT science, but lots of great ways to get the creative juices flowing. https://www.literacyshed.com/the-story-starter-shed.html
http://www.nppsd.org/pages/uploaded_files/Cross Age Story Starters.pdf
By now, I am sure some of you are absolutely certain that I must be down to my last couple of links. Well, I collect and keep all kinds of links. I teach science, predominantly life sciences, SPED, ESL, MS ELA, MS Science, and MS Social Studies. I am very concerned and proactive in supporting literacy at every age, and I love lessons that are co-curricular, giving students a better feel fot the fact that all learning is interconnected. It is why we teach the entire student, with their varied strengths and weaknesses. Any teacher who has been doing this for a while understands what I am talking about. I don't teach music, but have an interest that I often use to bridge gaps, and make connections with some of my students and their families.
Why am I telling you this now, after a couple of months? Well, I wish I had a different name for this thread, something that embraced my far flung interests and research. Perhaps with a different title, more people would share their own favorite links, tricks of the trade, or input. This thread has been viewed over 2300 times, which amazes me, especially when I believe that many of those visits were drawn in because of the words "free links" in the title. I had hoped that more of the viewers would become contributors, but that has not actually worked out so well.
I spend a lot of time on the computer, curious about promoting my own education and ways to incorporate more tips and tools of the trade, that I may be a stronger, more prepared teacher. Also, I find that I relish the concept of truly being a "life-long learner" in my own life, while encouraging my students to take a leap of faith, following me with wonder and excitement. Nothing inspires students like a teacher or leader who still gets excited and invested in new ways to learn, connecting the dots of varied subject matter to "reach for the stars."
I would like to ask, once more, that those of you with inspirational, stimulating, amazing, innovative, and wonder filled sites and resources to please share not only with me, but with every teacher who has ever been excited and awed by new viewpoints, perspectives, and cutting edge facts and figures that energize us, makes learning and teaching fun, helping us to find new ways to instruct, building new connections in the brain, stimulating us to always seek answers to the unknown, growing as both teacher and student.
I will hope that each of you will find bits and pieces to share not only with me, but also with all the other posters who are intent on growing, becoming the best teacher possible.
The post I am going to share now fits well with the science in me, and hopefully it will strike a nerve in you. I hope you will enjoy the link, using it to be the best teacher you can possibly be. May it grow the wonder and amazement that you touch and teach in your student's lives. Please enjoy this thread, and whenever possible, I would ask you to share your own moments of inspiration, complete with tools, facts, and figures that will open the eyes of other teachers who are learning and growing along side of you. Nothing would make me happier than if this thread truly encourages and motivates others to try something new, build bridges that lead to the wonders of the unknown, a starting point for trying something different.
So, tonight, I give you this fine link, a bread-crumb that can stimulate and encourage student and teacher alike. I urge you to share with others, and if you are lucky enough to find new paths or byways to learning, consider sharing with us here, on this thread. I will be forever in your debt.
Oct 14, 2015
try this one too
Amazing Information in the post
Oct 15, 2015
Interested in Citizen Science? ;
Webinars about the Monarch Butterfly: http://nctc.fws.gov/topic/online-training/webinars/monarch-curriculum.html
You can go from the flight in the sky to to depths of the oceans. This site has lots of useful information tucked inside, more links, plans, and activities. Take a look and see if it works for you. Yes, it is free.
Oct 17, 2015
The following won't help some, yet for others, this is a message that they long to hear.
Oct 19, 2015
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Oct 22, 2015
Pluto fly-over, and I was in awe
Oct 23, 2015
Oct 24, 2015
For those lucky enough to have access to school yard habitats, this is fun and useful. Enjoy!
Oct 25, 2015
I love this link. http://www.learner.org/resources/series223.html
A multidisciplinary professional development course for middle and high school teachers in English language arts, social studies, mathematics and science; 5 video programs; 11 curated photo collections with background text, classroom activities, and additional resources.
Permafrost Erosion Measurement. U.S. Geological Survey
1. A Closer Look
This introduction to the course models the process of analyzing photographs with teachers and students. Photography historian Makeda Best discusses the Focus In method with teachers, and educator Julie Keefe employs the method with students at a photography exhibit on "light and dark." Photography curator at the Portland Art Museum, Julia Dolan discusses how she carefully selects a set of photographs to tell a larger story. Go to this unit.
Photographs bear witness to world events and help us to learn more about people, places, and situations -- historical and present day. Middle school teacher Donald Rose guides students in analyzing photos from school integration movements of the 1960s. Documentary film producer Ken Burns weaves photographs into historical narratives to bring the past to life. Photojournalist Louie Palu's photos take us deep into mines and war zones, and engage us with the individuals who take on those tasks. Go to this unit.
Lives explores the story of human resilience and perseverance. Middle school teacher Donald Rose uses the Migrant Mother photos by Depression-era photographer Dorothea Lange to help students understand what elements a photographer chooses to focus on to create the greatest impact. Historian Linda Gordon, biographer of FSA photographer Dorothea Lange reveals Lange's role in engaging Americans in the plight of those who were most devastated. New Orleans documentary photographers Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick talk about the transformation of their photographs after Hurricane Katrina and working with young photographers to preserve the city's cultural heritage. Go to this unit.
An image can show us otherwise invisible processes, previously undiscovered life forms, and dramatic change over time. High school teacher Rima Givot engages her students with highly magnified photos of mouse muscle to study genetically modified organisms. Scientist and photomicrographer Dennis Kunkel demonstrates the fascinating process of creating photographs of the microscopic world. Environmental photographer Gary Braasch reports on his worldwide travels to document the state of the planet through repeat photography. Go to this unit.
Every photograph tells a story: of struggle, of beauty, of community and culture. Social studies teacher Kim Kanof uses photos from the Protests and Politics collection to teach about protests around in the world in 1968. National Geographicphoto editor Pamela Chen details the collaborative process of creating photo-based feature stories with design director David Whitmore. Iowa photographer Danny Wilcox Frazier discusses his work documenting the residents and images of marginalized communities across the United States. Go to this unit.
Hope others find the educational resources within this unit - I love it, and I hope at least some of you will enjoy.
Oct 27, 2015
Oct 28, 2015
And for today, up to date information:
Oct 30, 2015
https://scied.ucar.edu/ Atmospheric Science
http://www.agfoundation.org/resources/energy-resources Energy and agriculture
Nov 1, 2015
http://thinkearth.org/my/index.php This currently works for K-4, with the promise of going up to 9th grade in the near future. If the upper grade levels are as good as the current lower grade levels, it is worth knowing about.
Nov 3, 2015
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Nov 5, 2015
Great Youtube videos all about chemistry. Hey, not my most favorite of subjects, at times, but I really liked these, and immediately knew where they would fit into my curriculum. Hope they speak to you like they did to me!
Another find that I truly love. Thinking outside of the box, being creative - we should all love this! I SO want to do this, but can't play the clarinet. What is a science teacher to do???
Yep, physics my LEAST favorite subject, but this makes sense to me, and I think my students would agree.
https://student.societyforscience.org/article/clues-great-dying This is a great article with tons of pertinent information that lends itself to the study of the five mass extinctions. I hope you like it as well
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Nov 13, 2015
I can say that on the day I share, the link is good and working. I hate trying to access promising sounding links, only to find out that they go nowhere.
On the day these links are posted, ALL links worked. I, too, hate to find out that I can't get from the promise to the reality. Obviously, the links that are funded by large agencies and organizations are apt to stay valid longer than one to a small blog, but on the day they are posted, I have actually used the link to visit the site, see what is there, and whether or not I think there is useful material for teachers.