Author Archives: Lauren Colliver

Science Teaching 2.0: Fostering Resilient Learners

What does it mean to foster resilient learners? The authors of Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom (2016), Kristen Souers, a licensed mental health therapist, and Pete Hall, a veteran school principal and education consultant, provide teachers … Continue reading

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Science Teaching 2.0: Addressing Misconceptions in Science

What are Misconceptions? Did you ever think it would take seven years for your stomach to digest swallowed gum? Or that lightning never strikes the same place twice? And, that the seasons are caused by the Earth’s distance from the … Continue reading

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Science Teaching 2.0: Visible Thinking in Learning and Teaching

Usually, thinking is an internal process that is invisible to both students and teachers. And yet, thinking is at the core of learning. So, what does it mean to think and why should thinking be made visible? A student, Maeve … Continue reading

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Science Teaching 2.0: Resources for Student Engagement on a Budget

Limited resources and budget cuts. The challenges of acquiring the materials needed for the classroom are known all too well by teachers. “Paying for school supplies has become the norm for teachers in the US. Around 94% of public-school teachers … Continue reading

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Science Teaching 2.0: Fostering Equity in STEM

When you think of a scientist, engineer, or mathematician – who do you think of? What do they look like? And, more importantly, why did you think of that particular kind of scientist? If you thought of a white, able-bodied, … Continue reading

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Science Teaching 2.0: From Extrinsic to Intrinsic Motivation

What does motivation have to do with learning science? Quite a bit, actually. For students, motivation typically stems from either extrinsic or intrinsic motivators. Too often, student motivation has been dependent on extrinsic motivators, such as grades, extra-credit, candy/treats, technology, … Continue reading

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Science Teaching 2.0: Atomic Habits for Teachers and Students

What are “Atomic Habits”? Atomic habits are a series of small changes and tiny breakthroughs that compound over time to help you fulfill your full potential (Clear, 2018, p. 7, 9). It can be succinctly summarized as “tiny changes, remarkable … Continue reading

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Science Teaching 2.0: From the Center to the Margins

What are “margins”? There are margins in nature. Here, the edges of ecosystems interact to create diverse and unpredictable landscapes, plants, and animals who often form symbiotic relationships among these and the surrounding areas. There are margins in society. Here, … Continue reading

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Science Teaching 2.0: From Average to Exemplary

What was your favorite activity you ever did in a science class at school? It could have been building bottle rockets, exploring a local creek, hatching a chicken egg, or a myriad of other activities that were unique, fun, and … Continue reading

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