Olivia Westfall

I am a third year Early Childhood Education student at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. I am currently in the Trotwood-Madison School District in third grade for a field placement. I am very excited for my future career as a teacher, and am especially interested in Reading Education. I am looking forward to getting some new and exciting ideas for science education. I am also excited to educate myself more on the science topics in order to present science ideas with more enthusiasm and knowledge to the students in my class!

Location

OH

Affiliation

Wright State University

Recent Posts by Olivia

Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:28 AM in Kindergarten Physical Science
Teaching the states of matter can be tough for this young of an age group!  I would say before covering misconceptions, introduce the idea in a general sense, so that they can first explore solids and liquids and the differences between the two.  I have attached a lesson that I did with first graders on states of matter using water.  We based it on Frozen and Olaf, it was super fun!  

Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:23 AM in Teaching Science to Kindergarten in a Short Time Frame
I completely understand your frustration! I am placed in a school where they don't even have a planned science time. My CT teaches science "if she has time". However, I agree that 15 minutes is a very short time frame to implement an entire lesson, especially one that is inquiry based or includes experiments! Maybe, you could plan a 45 minutes lesson on one topic and then teach that one lesson...

Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:19 PM in Gardening at school with young children
I think that you should start a garden right away! It does not have to be large or sophisticated, just plant a couple vegetables and herbs this fall. The garden has the same educational effect whether it is large or small! It is great to have a large garden so that students are able to observe the differences in how the plants are growing and making inferences about why these differences are oc...





Recent Reviews by Olivia


Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:05 PM
5 Outdoor Classrooms
This article provides examples of the ways organizations have helped many schools to construct outdoor learning gardens. It gives a list of organizations and resources to assist teachers in building learning gardens. It also gives resources that can aid teachers in successfully implementing learning gardens. This article is great for the teacher who is just beginning to consider an outdoor learning space, and provides many helpful tools in getting started!


Sun Nov 27, 2016 9:47 PM
5 Outdoor Classrooms
This article provides examples of the ways organizations have helped many schools to construct outdoor learning gardens. It gives a list of organizations and resources to assist teachers in building learning gardens. It also gives resources that can aid teachers in successfully implementing learning gardens. This article is great for the teacher who is just beginning to consider an outdoor learning space, and provides many helpful tools in getting started!


Sun Nov 27, 2016 9:27 PM
3 Outdoor Integration
This article introduces ways to use an outdoor space as the basis for inquiry in a science lesson. The author says that first, students are introduced to the topic by reading a science article or story to get them interested and gain background knowledge on the topic. Then students are asked to make observations outdoors to apply the concepts they read about to our natural world. I like the idea of using our natural surroundings as a basis for inquiry, because that is what real scientists do, and it makes the scientific experience authentic. However, I wish that the process was reversed. If we are truly teaching through inquiry-based learning, the students should acquire the knowledge independently through observations and communication with peers. Then, once they have gained the information, they may solidify knowledge and correct any misconceptions through a scientific article or teacher support. I liked the ideas presented in this article about how to use a garden space for inquiry learning; however, the format I feel could use improvement. Of course, ideas are always subject to what works best in your own classroom!






Recent Public Collections by Olivia


Personal Uploads

3 Resources

Uploads from my Early Childhood Education field and course work.



The Effects of Avocado and Oyster Waste on the Growth of Brassica rapa Plants.do.docx
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Why_Does_Olaf_Melt.docx
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My Uploads

4 Resources

Lesson plans and research papers written throughout my teacher education at Wright State University.



The Effects of Avocado and Oyster Waste on the Growth of Brassica rapa Plants.do.docx
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Why_Does_Olaf_Melt.docx
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