I'm a National Board Certified Science teacher and have taught students biology, anatomy, and environmental science from remedial through AP levels in inner-city Chicago and rural Oregon (at public schools; lots of students at various abilities). I'm also involved with Project CRISS, a professional development program for in-service teachers. The focus is on student metacognition and overall comprehension improvements.
I want to foster growth mindsets and help students *discover* science rather than memorize it. One way to do that is to put students in the shoes of the scientists they read and hear about as a part of their classes. Incorporate authentic writings and drawings with your labs, lectures, and readings. Students - especially those that struggle - often think "everything" has been discovered already and that anything new requires decades of study and super-braniacs. They forget that scientists of yester-year never had the technology we have today - questioning, logic, discussion - that's where discoveries come from: Not just technology. The activities in my TpT storefront all support Dimension 1 of the NGSS (how to think and perform like a scientist and/or engineer) as well as supporting the Reading and Writing standards within Common Core (and other state reading/writing standards). Some of these lessons could easily be used in ELA classes. Each exercise involves one or more excerpts by (or sometimes about) a scientist. Each exercise has a warm-up activity, directs students to do something while reading, a post-reading transforming activity, and reflection prompt at the end. You can use the provided handouts or incorporate the simple (non-illustrated) slides into your own presentation and have students complete the work on notebook paper.
National Board Certified Teacher in AYA Science
I attended a well-known high school outside of Chicago, received my BS in Biology from Indiana University and my teaching certificate from Northwestern University. I'm a voracious reader. These activities were inspired by my (many) visits to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago: I always loved looking at the names of the scientists in the freize.
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