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

Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:58 PM in The Total Solar Eclipse of 2017
I was in Carbondale, Illinois for the Totality, Flavio. It was so exciting to be with thousands of fellow "Totalitarians" to share the experience together. A huge cloud came along just before the moon was about to completely block the sun; however, a small window of opportunity allowed us to capture enough of the event to be awed. I was able to catch a glimpse of the "diamond ring" effect and l...

Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:45 PM in Garden Activities
Stacia and everyone, It is wonderful that this discussion thread was started in 2014 and there continues to be much interest. I am working part-time at the Chicago Botanic Garden, and one of the programs we provide for schools is a "Wonder of Worms" field trip. Using your garden facilities or any outdoor area near your school to go outdoors and observe worms in their natural habitats would be a...

Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:58 PM in Avoiding Misconceptions in Science Education
Hi Tonya and Everyone who has been interested in this thread since 2012:  I just skimmed through all of the great contributions/posts and want to add one more resource that I think is invaluable for teachers wanting to know how to address misconceptions within their science content. I find the Pedagogical Implications section found with each SciPack to be a great resource.  Within the grade bands...





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.



Nick Goepper & The Physics of Slopestyle Skiing: Inquiry Guide for for Hands-on Investigation
Type: Lesson Plan
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Injury & Recovery Integration Guide
Type: Lesson Plan
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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
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What Does Culture Have To Do With Teaching Science?
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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
Type: User uploaded resource



Talk_Science_Primer_HowWhyOf_Questioning.pdf
Type: User uploaded resource