Saturday, January 25, 2014

Note-taking Tips

This infographic really made me think.  Currently, I make my students take notes in 3-Column note format--similar to Cornell notes, but not quite.  The first column is for the key topic, second is for main notes, and third is for pictures or key words to help summarize/recall the info.  I haven't gotten into the habit of making my students summarize their learning or write higher level questions in their notes, yet--as Cornell requires.  I'm working on it, though.  The summer teacher training in Dallas at the AVID Institute is a great place to discuss this.
This infographic came from an article in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning called 10 Notetaking Tips for the 21st Century Teachers.  The article refers to a book entitled Orality and Literacy by Walter Ong.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Science: From Simple to Complex

We are currently studying ANIMALS in 6th grade!
One of the things we learn about is that animals can be classified as either vertebrates or invertebrates--and by many other ways--body symmetry, for example. As we study, we go in order from very simple animals like SPONGES to more complex like MAMMALS.  I got inspired to create an infographic showing the animal groups we study, and pulled out my watercolors.  Here is what I came up with:

And since it is a little hard to see the wall mural details up close, I've taken some snapshots of them.  See below & enjoy:

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Thursday, January 2, 2014

23 Most Breathtaking Science Photos of 2013

23 Most Breathtaking Science Photos of 2013

These are some cool photos posted in BuzzFeed by Kelly Oakes

The 23 Most Breathtaking Science Photos Of 2013

Fall in love with science all over again.posted on 

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