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

Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:42 AM in Science-Pluto This was quite a topic of discussion in many science classrooms in 2006 as the International Astronomical Union made the determination at a July meeting to create a new definition of what was the criteria for a planet. The above link is that resolution.  Basically a planet must orbit the sun, be round and has ‘cleared the ...

Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:30 AM in Including science concepts in math and reading subjects
Hi Julissa, Yes, there are only so many hours in a day. How to fit in all subjects with the high priority given math and reading calls for looking at how to find ways to develop themes which intregrate subjects. A key underpinning of science is data which bridge science and math. Here is a journal about how to consider this for your students. Let us know if this is helpful to consider.  http:...

Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:18 AM in Managing Student Behavior
Brenda has some great suggestions for you to change the time of day for your science lessons.  I remember a research study which indicated that content that required the most concentration by students should be taught in the morning. Perhaps the last half hour of the day can be spent with ways  to wrap up the day with stories about what happened, what they needed to gather to leave, and what would...

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

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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?
Type: Journal Article

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

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
Type: Journal Article

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