Rebecca Falin

Chemistry & Physics Instructor




iSTEM Geauga Early College High School

Recent Posts by Rebecca

Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:57 AM in STEM class interdisciplinary approach
Hi Cindy, I work at a newer STEM high school.  We are just beginning our third year.  We have a cohort (grade) based STEM course first thing in the morning.  This allows us to have cohort-wide and school-wide iniatives.  We complete STEM lessons, soft skills and work on design challenges during this time.   Our design challenges have a common theme - this year it is sustainability.  Students al...

Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:22 PM in Make-up tests
I work for an public early college STEM school.  My school uses a standards-based mastery grading system, so re-takes are mandatory.  In order to retake assessments (they are new tests and not the same one they did not master) students must have completed all work (assignments, homework, etc) for the unit at an acceptable level (85% or above for me or they redo it) and completed a remediation assi...

Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:13 AM in Activities for NGSS PS1-6
Hi Yen, I often do some variant of the "Baggie Lab" with my physical science students. A Google search for "baggie lab" will several versions of the lab. It uses easy to find household reagents - baking soda, sidewalk salt and water- and there are both endothermic (absorbing thermal energy) and exothermic (releasing thermal energy) processes. Students investigate the different combinations o...

Recent Reviews by Rebecca

Sat Apr 26, 2014 5:20 PM
4 Great Source for Ideas
This book just looked like so much fun that I had to purchase it and I wasn't disappointed. It includes over 50 different gadgets and gizmos, as they call them, organized around 7 physical concepts. Each one comes with questions that students should think about and each set includes the Next Generation Science Standards that that activity deals with. All the of the gadgets are readily available from a scientific supply catalog or Amazon at a reasonable cost. This book will motivate you to expand and use your science toy collection!

Fri Apr 18, 2014 10:21 PM
5 Really great ideas here.
Students need not only to be able to interpret graphs, but to find a good way to present that data. The use of infographics allow students to be creative as well.

Sun Mar 24, 2013 1:00 PM
4 Importance of Preassessment
The authors give a good argument for the importance of preassessment in the identification of misconceptions among students. Their examples of effective preassessment questions are good ones. Good read.

Recent Public Collections by Rebecca

Peer-Led Team Learning: A new teaching model focuses on student achievement through active learning
Type: Journal Article

Scientific Literacy

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A Place for Content Literacy
Type: Journal Article

Who Killed Myra Mains? Students investigate a mock crime scene in an integrated science unit
Type: Journal Article