Kaitlin Schlegel

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Recent Posts by Kaitlin

Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:25 PM in Science in the Elementary Classroom
I understand your frustration with the emphasis on math and reading in the classrooms, but that is where it is important to become creative and write cross-curricular lesson plans. Many schools have even been moving to thematic units. So, for instance, say the overarching unit is the solar system. Students can read articles/books on the solar system, write about a space adventure, learn about the ...

Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:13 PM in Keeping Students Engaged
I am so excited to see that future teachers are beginning to understand the importance of keeping students engaged! As I have read the posts above me, I agree with all of the things they are saying so I will try not to repeat them. First of all, teaching science used to be that students read from a textbook and they did an investigation with a finite result. All students were being asked to do was...

Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:48 PM in Learning Science Concepts through Play
Hello! I am currently a pre-service teacher at the University of Northern Iowa and I think that play is incredibly important if done correctly. Play should be meaningful. For instance, don't just have them color in coloring pages. Have your students explore different concepts and phenomena. Our school is lucky to have a classroom full of different science manipulatives and we got to explore som...