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

Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:19 AM in Elementary Astronomy
Hi Danielle, You mentioned in your post that students often have misconceptions about astronomy. One of the books I'd highly recommend to be in your teacher 'tool box' is Uncovering Student Ideas in Astronomy: 45 New Formative Assessment Probes "What do your students know—or think they know—about what causes night and day, why days are shorter in winter, and how to tell a planet from a ...

Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:52 AM in Seasons Misconception
Understanding the tilt of the earth can be an issue with upper elementary students.   Megan and Chris gave you some good suggestions The following can be a school year observation for your students. Have your students  had much exposure to viewing the movement of the sun during the day and where it is located in the sky during different seasons?  If you have access to the outside and an un...

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





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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