Want to meet my classroom plants? I love having plants in my classroom - it’s fun to have a few plant companions and also soften up your decor a bit. Plus for me, it fills the hole for classroom pets. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=50XM57Z-Wv8 In the video linked above I show you the plants that have called my … Continue reading Classroom Plants!
Scientific Method vs. Engineering Design
Early in your science fair project, it can be helpful to think about if you are pursuing answering a question using the scientific method, or if you are problem solving with engineering design. The answer will influence your project from your research plan to your final judging. https://youtu.be/3t26b59bjcQ
The 2020-2021 school year is setting up to be just as challenging as the spring of 2020. Can teachers ever hope to plan for their students? Of course we can! We know class will happen, and we know what our objectives will be. That's really all we need to lay out a plan for the … Continue reading Pandemic-proof plans
What is Science Fair Friday?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSIekuOZt00&feature=youtu.be Science Fair Friday as a YouTube series is long past-due! Here we go - for teachers, students, and parents - a weekly series about science fair. I have big plans for this over the next year. I also want it to be useful for you! If you have questions, suggestions, or have information you … Continue reading What is Science Fair Friday?
Science Fair: Timeline
One challenge for many teachers is how to distribute work through the year so that students can complete their work on-time and with minimal stress. I tell parents my goal is that students will not be spending a full weekend with no sleep just before the fair. I expect students to work through the year … Continue reading Science Fair: Timeline
Science Fair: Writing your Results
What should the results section include? The results is perhaps the most important part of the paper. In fact, when I was taught how to read a scientific paper, my professor encouraged me to start with the results and discussion. The results section should show the answer to the purpose and main question of the … Continue reading Science Fair: Writing your Results
Mars Rover Curiosity on the Move
The rover, Curiosity, has been in one place for about a month while testing water samples and soil; soon it will move on in order to investigate rock samples, reports the New York Times. As a young child, I believed I would go to Mars. In fact, I did. I participated in a local program … Continue reading Mars Rover Curiosity on the Move
Welcome to the Better Science Teaching blog! I have long wanted to start a blog to share with other teachers how they can bring current science into their classrooms. I will focus on science and education by integrating current events in scientific fields with current science standards. Science education is such an interesting and dynamic … Continue reading Welcome!