Modelpalooza 2017

The American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) is an organization that supports teachers and provides professional development in a style of student-based, inquiry education known as "Modeling". This method is so-called because it naturally elicits student development of different representations, or models, to describe the world around them.  (Models include tables and graphs of data, equations, … Continue reading Modelpalooza 2017

Mentoring Many Independent Research Projects – aka, “Doing Science Fair”

Its the time of year where my weekends start to be taken up with Science Fair.  But as a teacher - its really nearly a year-round endeavor. Science Fair for me starts in May. May is when I find out what students signed up for my course for the following year, the students who I … Continue reading Mentoring Many Independent Research Projects – aka, “Doing Science Fair”

Lab Notebooks: the grown up interactive notebook

In the last decade, interactive notebooks have exploded in popularity. I tried them with my students, and I loved them. The majority of my students did not.Why?I was doing all the work. The students were still just talking notes or doing worksheet style activities. Just in this thing called an "interactive notebook". The students pointed … Continue reading Lab Notebooks: the grown up interactive notebook