Kathy Sparrow

I was the Science Supervisor for Akron Public Schools for 15 years after teaching middle and high school in Akron. I was involved in many Ohio state committes --including developing the state standards and reviewing questions for the Ohio Graduation Test. I served as president of National Science Eductation Leadership Association, a regional director for SECO (Ohio's state science organization) and on the NSTA Board of Directors. Currently, I am teaching Elementary Science Methods at Florida International University.




Adjunct Professor, Florida International University (FIU)

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Recent Posts by Kathy

Tue Mar 25, 2014 3:27 PM in Bloom's Taxonomy
If you click on Pam's URL, you originally get an Oops message. However if you click on Homepage on the "error" message, it takes you to the site--at least id did for me.

Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:09 PM in Want to Share NGSS but Don't Know Where to Start?
Kathy, Great powerpoint. Thanks for sharing it. it's perfect to use with my pre-service, and especially, my graduate students. Kathy

Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:58 PM in Digital Learning
Cris, I also took my first MOOC last spring. It was called The Secret of Life sponsored by Edx. The course was taught by Dr. Eric Lander from MIT. There was also some infor collaboration with NSTA through web seminars. I think about 35,000 people were taking the course, or at least that many started out. However, it was very demanding of time—around 12 hours per week. The student had the...

Recent Reviews by Kathy

Tue Dec 16, 2014 3:17 PM
5 Whew! It's hot.
This collection is centered on the NDEP video about the study of the physiological reactions of the human body in different environments, specifically the tropics and the arctic. Scientists were testing NEET (an insect repellent) to see how it reacted to the body’s sweat production. The accompanying resources provide ancillary information on inquiry, professional development, the environment, and causes of weather around the Earth.

Tue Nov 25, 2014 4:49 PM
5 Chesapeake Bay Redemption
This collection is centered on the NDEP video about the challenges of the Chesapeake Bay. In the video middle school students learn how to design and program robots and use them in their individual research projects (e.g., effect of construction sites, invasive plants, etc.) regarding the Chesapeake Bay. The other resources add to information about robotics, explain the work of a career person who builds reefs and plants oysters (that filter water) in the Chesapeake Bay;identify effects of climate changes in estuaries; and provide information on the deterioration of the environment due to the destruction of ecosystems, loss of biodiversity, or depletion of resources such as air, water and soil

Tue Nov 18, 2014 3:49 PM
5 Leading to STEM
This collection appears to focus on two themes in the challenge of implementing STEM education with the Next Generation Science Standards. One theme involves the leadership involved in implementing new standards including STEM. I especially liked the Guest Editorial by Page Keeley as she analogized science education with a system. When one part of the system is dysfunctional (e.g., K-6 science), it affects the whole system (e.g., ultimately preparing individuals for science and engineering careers). The second theme supports the NGSS/STEM vision in action. I loved watching the videos about the robotic birds—great example of bio mimicry also.

Recent Public Collections by Kathy


16 Resources

External Resource: The Last Total Solar Eclipse…Ever!
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External Resource: Solar Eclipses
Type: External Resource

Conceptual Change

7 Resources

Teaching for Conceptual Change
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Teaching for Conceptual Change in Space Science
Type: Journal Article


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A DASH of Inspiration
Type: Journal Article