Carolyn Scornavacca

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Recent Posts by Carolyn

Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:01 PM in Join the School Garden Community
I'm so excited to receive all of this useful information. I'm a student at FIU and will (hopefully soon) be teaching elementary school students. Thank you Ashley and Pam, for the Burpee website and smartphone app. Thank you Kristi, for mentioning that The Home Depot has provided a donation for your school. I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to starting a garden with my students. I...

Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:37 PM in Teaching Science
That's a good question! I'm currently a student at FIU in Miami, Florida. I will be teaching at the elementary level. I'm just completing a science course, and I'm so much better prepared now. I've learned how to conduct an inquiry lesson. I'm now aware of the 5 E's of science inquiry and feel well prepared to teach my "future" students. At this time, my biggest hurdle will be content knowledg...





Recent Reviews by Carolyn


Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:52 PM
5 Inquiry Treasure Box
I really appreciate that you've compiled such an extensive collection on inquiry. I've found the journal article, Guest Editorial: Pathways to Inquiry interesting. It discusses how every grade level, even very young students, have the capacity to use science process skills. This is reassuring for me personally as I'm certain that I will be teaching, but at what grade level of elementary school I do not know. I am very well aware of how curious young children are, but have been concerned about how long they can focus on a topic. The article touches on the issue of time available for inquiry lessons in science. I've been concerned about teaching Kindergarten and 1st grade students as I am aware that their attention spans can be quite brief. The author recommends giving students the opportunity to "proceed through through different stages over time, starting with an initial exploration to develop curiosity and questions, followed by more focused experimentation, and ending with sharing discoveries to support understanding of scientific ideas." I intend to implement this idea by planning our inquiry lesson in several shorter stages over the course of days or possibly a couple weeks. I feel certain that this will allow the students to experience fully inquiry lesson plans. Besides having my students meet their objectives by "getting" the concepts, I want my students to be able to "take ownership" of their investigations. I believe that with this strategy, the students will have the opportunity to develop a deeper curiosity and develop their own questions to explore. Thanks for sharing! :)


Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:14 AM
5 Great Collection
You have an impressive collection. I see that you've put a lot of thought into your research for your lesson on force and motion. Your journal article, Editor's Note: Force and Motion-Complex, Awesome, Relevant highlights such an important aspect to a lesson. The importance of the lesson's relevance to students is a top priority, think. After all, we want students to be excited, learn, and then use that knowledge to explore other ideas. I also like that you included an article on assessment probes and clearing up students' misconceptions. I will definitely keep these articles in mind as I plan my next science inquiry lesson. Thank you! :)






Recent Public Collections by Carolyn




External Resource: Rocks
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Favorite Demonstration: Demonstrating Inquiry-Based Teaching Competencies in the Life Sciences: Part 1
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