#StayGiant with @TheScienceGiant on Twitter
Educators need both the lesson and the lesson plan. So I try to stand in your shoes before you stand on my shoulders. I consider budget barriers, high tech/low tech/no tech classroom implementation, how there will be student ownership of results and opportunities for their remediation. Also, I hate gimmicks. If it is shared with colleagues as a best practice, it should be because we are committed to using it—our classroom are our testimony before witnesses.If all “teachable moments” are attempts to make connections in the learner to their experiences and existing background knowledge, then this is more than short-term science standards we want pupils to understand, and then demonstrate mastery of benchmarks. This is learning for a lifetime. There is active involvement, good modeling, worthwhile topics, and presenters who are not only knowledgeable but also aware of our needs. Also, good professional development renews and reinvigorates adult learners. Being lifelong learners, it reinforces the importance of continuing to learn, to re-evaluate and re-contextualize.
Kagan Cooperative Learning
Cooperative learning is a type of structured peer interaction emphasizing collaboration between peers, active learning, academic achievement, positive human relationships, equal participation and equal status of students in the classroom. Students can work together by following the steps to the structure, using material or content selected by the students themselves or by the teacher. Kagan structures have various aims, such as: building team spirit and positive relationships among students; information sharing; critical thinking; communication skills; and mastery (learning/remembering) of specified material. Many of Kagan structures can fulfill a number of aims simultaneously, depending on how the teacher uses them. Kagan structures can be mixed and matched, and adapted to the particular student group.
* 2018 William T. Dwyer Awards for Excellence in Education, finalist in the category of S.T.E.M. Education
* The Engineering Council 2014 Outstanding S.T.E.M. Educator Award.
* 2010 SECME, Inc. National Teacher of Year.
* Palm Beach County (Florida) SECME School Coordinator of the Year 2007 & 2010.
* RadioShack 2004 National Teacher Award for educational excellence.
* Palm Beach County Science Educators’ Association Award FY 2002-2003 Science Teacher of the Year.
* selected by Florida Space Grant Consortium in 2006 for Florida’s Zero-G Experience for Teachers, one of 15 educators flown in weightless environments in order to enhance math and science curriculum development.
* national finalist in AIA Team America Rocketry Challenge 2007 with Boynton Beach High School “TARC Tigers”.
* national finalist in FIRST Robotics Competition 2014 with Team 179 “Children of the Swamp”.
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The figure for TheScienceGiant is from A Giant Seated in a Landscape, also called "The Colossus" by Francisco de Goya. One of Goya’s most striking images, it is a burnished aquatint etching created around 1814. The giant turns his head over his shoulder to look at you, as if he has been pulled from pondering the Moon, and invites you to join him in cosmic contemplation.
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