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How YOU Can Foster Resilient Learners in Your Classroom?

In the book, “Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a trauma-Sensitive Classroom,” by Kristen Souers and Pete Hall, is all about a growing issue– childhood trauma, and the effects that is has on both learning and teaching. Souers and Hall … Continue reading

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Mindfulness in the Classroom: Fostering Resilient Learners

Every teacher wants their students to do well in school. Previously, it was thought the best way to do this was by having students “leave life at the door” and be blank slates in the classroom. Since then, research has … Continue reading

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A Note to the Teacher: Fostering Resilient Learners

When thinking of how to foster resilient learning in our students, we must first understand that many children have experienced different trauma-related events. These events are referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs. Student learning is heavily impacted by … Continue reading

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From Misconceptions to Comprehension

What are Misconceptions? Growing up, there were a few things that I had thought I knew for certain, like… Venous blood is blue The North Star is the brightest in the sky Lightning never strikes the same place twice Just … Continue reading

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Making Sense of Misconceptions in the Science Classroom

Confronting Flaws in Knowledge Think about the last time you thought something was true for a very long time and how it was to find out that the “fact” you thought was legitimate, just wasn’t. I imagine the feelings you … Continue reading

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Debunking Misconceptions: Doing it in a Meaningful Way

Misconceptions, or alternative conceptions, are understandings that are fundamentally incorrect, causing a disparity when confronted. Many people live their lives without ever even knowing they have misconceptions but they still cause a fundamental misunderstanding. As seen above, misconceptions can perpetuate … Continue reading

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A Note to the Teacher: Addressing Alternate Conceptions in Science Teaching

So what are alternate conceptions in science teaching? Well, these are MISCONCEPTIONS that our students bring into the classroom based on their prior knowledge. It is our duty as educators to address these misconceptions in a respectful, but knowledgeable manner. … Continue reading

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How Can I Make Thinking Visible in My Science Classroom?

There’s many ways that as a teacher, you can incorporate visible thinking in your classroom. But another question you might be asking yourself is why should you be making thinking visible. Here’s a few reasons for why we should make … Continue reading

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Making Thinking Visible: How Students can Share what’s Going on in Their Heads

Teaching is tough. Teaching without feedback from students is even more difficult. One way to help students share what’s in their minds is by making their thinking visible. There are tons of strategies to make thinking visible, here I’ll be … Continue reading

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Making Student’s Thinking Visible

Why are MTV strategies so important to implement in our science classrooms? Learn more about students/ build deeper connections Pick the brain of our students Allow students to relate concepts to their life, in a way that making learning more … Continue reading

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