Posts Tagged ‘pedagogy’

In order to come up with inventive, creative solutions for the mounting global challenges we’re to face- climate change, loss of biodiversity, more droughts, more extreme storms-we’re going to need all hands on deck! Unfortunately, it seems that we might be pushing away a good 50% of those creative minds from the fields of science, math, and engineering. Check out these alarming statistics presented by The Engineering Project on the trends of women in science education.

What do you think about these stats? Of course, there are lots of different forms of intelligence and creative thinkers who thrive in other fields-education, literature, history, philosophy-are also vital as we adapt to our changing world.

What do you think? Have you seem girls in your classroom transition away from their interests in science and math? How big of a role does gender play in your classroom? Have you ever caught yourself reinforcing the false belief that boys are just innately better in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields?

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And now a shift from birds, to what they eat!

The next couple of posts will talk about composting and gardening, but first let’s start with worms.

Ask any gardener – worms are great! They start with dirt and turn it into wonderful soil, which helps plants grow. To help kids understand, read Wonderful Worms by Linda Glaser. It’s a great book with clear explanations of a worm’s role in making useful soil.

For the teacher, check out Backyard Scientist: Exploring Earthworms With Me by Jane Hoffman, for more science activities to do at home or in school with worms.

And check back on this blog in the next few days for more about worms and their role in waste management and growing food.

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Well, if you are a New York City teacher and you are reading this: congratulations on finishing five days with your students! It’s now the second week of school, you know your students’ names, you’ve introduced routines and rules, you are working on diagnostics, and thoughts are turning to curriculum planning.

Whether the schedule says that you teach science or not, all teachers can be science teachers. After all, science is simply the practice of asking questions about the world, making predictions, and then testing those predictions.

If this is a new subject for you, here are some great, preliminary resources for teaching about nature and the environment to help you think about how to incorporate this curriculum into your classroom. Following the book image will take you to a library entry for the book!

What books would you recommend to fellow teachers? What books have you found helpful in planning to teach nature, sustainability, or science in general?

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