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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ME

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TeachLearnCollaborate.com

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Recent Posts by Arlene

Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:54 AM in First Day of School Science Activities
Wonderful idea to turn this into an activity to have students move. Students need to understand safety procedures in labs so anyway to engage them is a good idea! You might want to reinforce safety by having students in each lab group go over procedures before each lab too Best, Arlene

Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:39 AM in Middle School Teacher NGSS Assessment Tools
Steven, I just looked at this resource from Concord Consortium. It is definitely one that all educators should keep in their tool kit. Here is a pdf included on the website which explains how to find a pathway through NGSS including core ideas, crosscutting ideas and practices http://concord.org/sites/default/files/pdf/ngss-pathfinder.pdf Thanks for sharing Arlene

Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:21 AM in Guest Speakers in the Middle School Classroom
You have good advice, Kimberly! This has been my experience too with presenters that they are okay with being there all day. If the presenter has something published it would be good to have that available for your students. If it is not on their grade level than you can probably find content that was grade appropriate to share before hand too. I had a retired geologist who did cl...





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
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Natural Resources: Seasons Change
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science content formative assessment articles

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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?
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Formative Assessment Probes: How Far Did It Go?
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Doing Science and Formative Assessment

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