Jason Pittman

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Recent Posts by Jason

Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:09 PM in Nutrition
Planting a school garden has been an invaluable resource for teaching kids about nutrition. The inherant stewardship over vegtables that comes simply from teaching lessons in the garden, often leads kids to their own conclusions about healthy eating. Even a small plot or raised bed that gives every kid a space to raise one plant and harvest a vegtable makes a HUGE difference.

Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:46 PM in Using Models to Help Students Understand Difficult Concepts
This is a tough topic. I'm often very discouraged by this same misconception of models, and I prefer not to use an abstraction of a concept whenever possible. Especially with elementary students. However, we're limited, especially in certain topics to the use of models. My approach in this situation has been to use a variety of models, videos and visualizations, so that a misunderstanding created ...

Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:27 PM in Technology in your science lessons
Valerie, Don't forget that 21st century technology extends beyond just computers. There are quite a few alternative energy lessons that can be done with very simple materials. Small solar panels are very inexpensive, solar ovens can be made from pizza boxes, a wind turbine or hydroelectric turbine is easy to make with found materials (even the generators can be built from copper wire and magnet...





Recent Reviews by Jason


Wed Feb 08, 2012 2:05 PM
5 Useful at all levels
Attending the NSTA Analyzing Solar Energy Graphs: MY NASA DATA webinar introduced me to the My NASA data tools. Although presented for upper grade levels, these tools would be an excellent resource to incorporate into elementary lessons on seasonal changes. The visuals create a new model for understanding the earth's annual processes, and the nature of the tool helps to develop identity in 21st century and STEM skills.


Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:30 PM
5 Getting a garden started - made easy
Having been through the process of starting a school garden, I recognized many great pieces of advice in this article. Starting small is key. The article helps the reader diagnose available space and find a suitable location for gardening, despite a small school campus. Much like the author, when we first looked for space to plan a garden, we had a hard time seeing our space as a garden. By starting small, we have gained the experience needed to expand.


Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:19 PM
5 Focusing on Explaination
Although there are some good ideas for teaching a unit on electrical circuits in this article, the main focus is on teaching students to explain. This focus within a lesson ensures deep assessable learning, and the article includes not only a great recipe for teaching explanation, but some hand tools (rubric, examples) as well. The key point that cause my attention here is to ensure that students are not describing the procedure but rather explaining the phenomena behind the science. It takes a bit more work to develop this skil and level of understanding, but as the author shows (and as I've seen in my own classroom!) the results are well worth it.






Recent Public Collections by Jason


Resources to extend NASA Lessons Selected by FCPS

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Resources to expand/ modify the NASA/IDEA Resources Selected by FCPS lessons.



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