Carolyn Mohr

I enjoy traveling to new places, hiking to new heights, and learning new things that I can share. Besides being a field trip instructor at the Chicago Botanic Garden, I teach science methods and education courses at Southern Illinois University/Carbondale and Dominican University/River Forest. I am also a Senior Online Advisor and Web Seminar Moderator for the NSTA.

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IL

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Chicago Botanic Garden, Southern Illinois University/Carbondale & Dominican University

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Recent Posts by Carolyn

Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:00 PM in Three-Dimensional Instruction
Hi Flavio, I am excited about tomorrow's virtual conference! As an instructor of K-12 preservice science teachers, I am looking for ideas on how to help our newest members of the profession construct lessons that seamlessly incorporate all three strands of the NGSS, and I would like to have a collection of exemplar lesson plans for each of the DCIs that I can model/share with them. It sounds like...

Tue Feb 07, 2017 6:05 PM in 5-E Lesson Plan
Hi Meagan, Good luck with the lesson planning! Depending on which content you decide to cover, there are lots of examplars to refer to to give you ideas. Most all of the Science and Children journal articles written in the last two or three years are written in the 5 E inquiry lesson plan format. Plus the Learning Center has SciGuides for most of the major content categories filled with lesson...

Tue Feb 07, 2017 5:58 PM in
Hi Sara, Can you share a little more information? The technology that one might use in middle or high school is a bit more sophisticated than what might be suggested for elementary. What grade do you teach? My idea of technology is the designing of a tool that helps to solve a problem; so with that in mind, you might check out some of the Science and Children Engineering Encounters artic...





Recent Reviews by Carolyn


Wed Jul 29, 2015 6:55 PM
5 Warming Up to This Global Problem
If one is looking for an authentic research project on an important environmental science topic -this article provides one. Global climate change continues to be a major topic of discussion. Are humans the cause or at the very least contributing to global warming? Let your students conduct an investigation to find out.This is a great "how-to" article that shows how to set up this group project.Students are allowed to present their findings and provide solutions to the problem.


Wed Jul 29, 2015 6:30 PM
5 Collaborative Work vs. Individual Work
This was an interesting article about how university students working collaboratively on a real-life problem significantly outscored students who worked individually. The author credits students' increased interest, greater attention to the material in the course, and the opportunity to work with an authentic problem as reasons for the greater success of the groups who worked collaboratively over those students who worked individually.


Wed Jul 29, 2015 6:28 PM
5 Collaborative Work vs. Individual Work
This was an interesting article about how university students working collaboratively on a real-life problem significantly outscored student who worked individually. The author credits students' increased interest, greater attention to the material in the course, and the opportunity to work with an authentic problem as reasons for the greater success of the groups who worked collaboratively over those students who worked individually.






Recent Public Collections by Carolyn


Engineering Design Middle and High School

57 Resources

This collection contains items helpful to middle and high school teachers looking for ways to incorporate engineering design challenges into their curriculum.




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Culture and Science Learning

25 Resources

Culturally responsive teaching (CRT) acknowledges students' heritages and uses those cultural resources to empower all students to excel in the classroom. Teachers have a responsibility to create a classroom culture of acceptance, collaboration,inclusion, and cultural sensitivity. In culturally relevant teaching (also CRT), students are empowered by using cultural referents to increase content knowledge and impart scientific dispositions as denoted by the NGSS science and engineering practices. This is a collection of resources that mesh culture and science learning.



A Cultural Classroom Library
Type: Journal Article
Grade: Elementary School



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Talk Science Across the Grades

7 Resources

This is a collection of resources to help teachers improve their questioning skills, thus helping their budding scientists investigate natural phenomena while talking "science".



QCEE_sheet.docx
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Talk_Science_Primer_HowWhyOf_Questioning.pdf
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