Jane Brooker

Hello! My name is Jane. I am a Junior at Wright State University and a wanna-be elementary school teacher.

Recent Posts by Jane

Tue Jul 26, 2016 1:50 PM in Science Notebooks
I have used science interactive notebooks with students as young as kindergarten. While we used them for a series of three lessons and not the entire school year, I am still sure that they would have been a beneficial aspect in the classroom throughout the whole year. I think that the key to using science notebooks, and any classroom materials for that matter, is consistency. I remember being very...

Tue Jul 26, 2016 1:35 PM in Getting Students Interested
I think that when looking at student engagement it is important to keep in mind student interest and student learning profiles. The great thing about science is that it is everywhere around us. If you know that students are particularly interested in animals or space, try tying content to what you know they will like. This will also make the learning meaningful for them. Another piece of advice t...

Thu Jul 07, 2016 5:20 PM in Assessing Science
Hi Celina! I have really enjoyed reading through all of the comments on this post. I am in the same position as you and have very similar concerns. With students being at such different levels, it can be extremely difficult to make sure that everyone has mastered the content before moving on. This can be especially difficult when teaching science because the room left for science curriculum in the...





Recent Reviews by Jane


Tue Jul 26, 2016 1:10 PM
5 Very Helpful Resource!
This is a great resource that illustrates how to incorporate NGSS into the classroom. As a student teacher just starting to learn about the NGSS, this lesson really helped me visualize how the standards can come to life. I love the way the authors of this lesson dove right in to what some may consider difficult content matter. Engineering lessons are so important for our students and ones like this are especially important when thinking about renewable energy. I can definitely see myself using this resource in the future with my own students. It is well written and will be a great addition to any professional development journey.


Tue Jul 26, 2016 12:47 PM
5 Great Resource!
This article is a great resource for teachers of all grades. I truly believe that this lesson can be modified to be appropriate for all grade levels. I love the way the authors started off the lesson plan with essential vocabulary for the lesson and continuously addresses ways to tie the content to prior knowledge to help aid student understanding. This lesson illustrates fostering student engagement and creating a meaningful learning environment that can be applied to a variety of lessons. The photographs in this resource are incredibly helpful and illustrate how the students were engaged and learning throughout the entire lesson. The authors really thought out this lesson and it is an incredibly helpful and detailed resource.