Category Archives: Curriculum

Science Is Everywhere

I am a science teacher. I taught science exclusively for 21 years—from 1990 to 2011. Each September, I introduced a new crop of students to my classroom, my curriculum, the practice of cooperative team learning, and my focus on science … Continue reading

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Primum non nocere,…

Maybe every profession should have an expressed, noteworthy, and well-known tenet–words to live by. Check out this blog post by Donnalyn Miller, a 6th grade language arts teacher from Texas, who is known as The Book Whisperer, due to her … Continue reading

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You can enhance reading and math instruction and learning by engaging kids in science.

That’s right. It has been done. It has a proven track record. This concept has been taught by reading and science faculty at the University of Delaware (I know this to be true because I took their Science and Literacy … Continue reading

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How did time for elementary science get swallowed up by reading and math?

Once upon a time, in a school district in a faraway galaxy, a pitched battle was taking place. Close your eyes and imagine that you were there–cause some of you were. Picture helpless little elementary school science cowering before GIMONGOUS … Continue reading

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Whatever Became of Elementary Science?

Starting in the winter of 1996, the Delaware Department of Education and curriculum leaders from seven school districts initiated several professional development opportunities arranged to show elementary school teachers—in grades K-6–a new, different, and greatly improved science curriculum. I remember … Continue reading

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I Read It in the New York Times,…

The following is an excellent piece about teaching, learning, and loving literature.  It was a feature in the Sunday NYTa few weeks ago (April 20, 2012).  Written by an English teacher at a public middle school in Manhattan, the piece conveys … Continue reading

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I Beg to Differ

I follow a huge list of blogs–not as regularly as I used to, but I still check in every once in a while. I should not check out other blogs. It just leads to trouble, and trouble leads to blogging. … Continue reading

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