Category Archives: Science Education

So little time; so much to read

I am so behind.  So behind in my reading.  So behind in posting on my own blog. My current job as president of Delaware State Education Association (a.k.a. the education union–NEA’s state affiliate here in Delaware) keeps me BUSY, but … Continue reading

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“Teaching reading IS rocket science.”

I love this quote. I picked it up from a colleague and friend who taught reading for her entire career as a reading specialist and classroom teacher. I taught reading for 17 years as a third and fourth grade classroom teacher. … Continue reading

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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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Whatever Became of Elementary Science? (Part 3)

Why on earth is elementary science getting such short shrift in the 21st century? As my father’s mother said one day, “Out of sight, out of mind.” I think that this may be a clue to the reason that elementary science … 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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