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

Yesterday, 11:54 AM in Groupwork
Hi Zachary, The short answer to your question is 'it depends'. It depends on the age level of your group, the social make up and abilities of your students and what types of group work or activity you are planning on doing with your students. First question: what grade level are you considering?

Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:30 PM in Assessment and Evaluation
Hi Lisset, You might consider looking at formative assessment as a way to understand what your students understand at the PreK level.  If you are not familiar with the Early Learning articles by Peggy Ashbrook I would highly you look at how she engages young children in learning Here is the article on assessment:  Early Years: Are They Getting It?

Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:37 PM in Community Garden
Hi Kelly and Sarah, I live in Maine where almost every school has a school based garden project. Most of these project started out small and then built upon them as the years went by with some very much integrated into the school curriculum. The Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast ME has a long standing program That said, I would start small. Her...

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
Grade: Elementary School, Middle School

Natural Resources: Seasons Change
Type: Journal Article
Grade: Elementary School

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
Grade: Elementary School

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

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
Grade: Elementary School

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