Arlene Jurewicz-Leighton

I am interested in ways online learning communities grow. My background is in science education and working with online learning environments and resources in the virtual world. I teach earth, space and physical science courses online. I am helping out on the discussion boards here in the Learning Center as a senior online advisor. I enjoy gardening, swimming and summers in Maine




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Recent Posts by Arlene

Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:27 AM in Project-based learning in a geology classroom
Hi Anna, I teach preservice and in service science teachers an earth science course. We explore geological concepts and find ways to approach them with their students. You mentioned collaboration as a goal in your high school classroom. This starts with understanding the make up of each class you have and what they bring to the class as learners. By understanding this you can ...

Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:15 AM in Changes in the Ecosystem
You might consider some of these resources in NSTA collections on this topic Here is one about ecosystems There is a sciguide of lessons though for middle level might be adaptable for 5th grade. Check out this journal article and the reviews to see if it meets your needs. Ecosystem Explorations: Connecting an e...

Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:48 AM in 3rd grade Solar System
Hi Christine, [color=#444444][font="Open Sans", verdana, arial, sans-serif][size=4]I would highly recommend that you view this web seminar on NGSS and space science. Rather than looking at an inventory of what is in the solar system the new standards look at the how and why of Earth’s Place in the Universe. [/size] “The presenter was Julia Plummer from Penn State University. This was the fi...

Recent Reviews by Arlene

Thu Dec 18, 2014 3:33 PM
5 Be Inspired !
“Good science education is not an end unto itself, but a beginning' If you are looking for inspiration about teaching NGSS please consider the day long archived virtual conference of NGSS Practices in Action. You’ll be inspired by the session on modeling by Cynthia Passmore who engages to consider that science is about figuring things out. Jonathan Osborne session on argumentation helps you to understand its place in science and the need for science literate students to engage in developing explanation through evidence. Mariel Milano focused on engineering practices, explaining how they are similar to yet different from science practices and how students can engage in them to lean core ideas in life, Earth, and physical science. Other sessions look at best practices in elementary education and the science content areas are not to be missed.and the wrap up sessions delves into participants questions and next steps. This archive is the next best thing to being at the Nov 15th virtual conference !

Wed May 01, 2013 1:02 PM
5 Engage students with driving questions
Jeff Nordine and Ruben Torres explore how to create a driving question board to guide inquiry based science in your classroom. in this article they explore the five key criteria for driving questions : sustainable, meaningful, feasible, worthwhile and ethical as you develop your DQB for your classroom. The DQB can be a "record of learning as a unit progresses, help set the stage for future learning, guide in-class discussions, and promotes authentic assessment."

Wed May 01, 2013 12:00 PM
5 Third graders collaborate with Space Center
If you have 150 third graders and want to engage them in a research project on Pluto's lost planetary status who do you contact? If you are the late Lindsay Jones the amazing librarian at Round Rock Independent School District at Cactus Ranch Elementary School you contact Journey Through theSolar System provided by Space Center Houston. This article is worth the read to see how this librarian and teachers used video conferencing with Space Center representatives based on student generated questions to investigate what is a planet. In the course of this project students developed research skills , evaluate information , wrote a paper and create a final video about their findings. This project is a tribute to learning and to Lindsay Jones.

Recent Public Collections by Arlene

Seasons - Elementary Level

11 Resources

Science and Children articles,Science Object, Web Seminar and Formative Assessment Probes on Season

Teaching Through Trade Books: Seasons by the Sun
Type: Journal Article

Natural Resources: Seasons Change
Type: Journal Article

science content formative assessment articles

13 Resources

Science and Children articles by Page Keeley on science content - space, physical,life and earth sciences

Formative Assessment Probes: Does It Have a Life Cycle?
Type: Journal Article

Formative Assessment Probes: How Far Did It Go?
Type: Journal Article

Doing Science and Formative Assessment

7 Resources

Science and Children articles written by Page Keeley on topics about doing science, methods and strategies and science in the elementary classroom. Articles include information about using formative assessment.

Methods and Strategies: Formative Assessment Probes
Type: Journal Article

Guest Editorial: Elementary Science Education in the K–12 System
Type: Journal Article