Gabe Kraljevic

Since his early childhood in Winnipeg, Canada, Gabe has loved the natural world and has dedicated his life to studying science. Recently retired after 27 years teaching high school and middle school biology, physics, chemistry, robotics and computers – Gabe always worked to infuse fun in his classrooms. He has also helped draft the Manitoba biology curriculum, stood in as the science consultant for Manitoba Ministry of Education, been heavily involved in professional development of science teachers and has received the Prime Minister’s Award for Achievement in Teaching. Currently, Gabe is the District Director of the NSTA for Canada. Living at the doorstep to the north, Gabe has also taken several opportunities to visit the impressive beauty of the Canadian arctic along the shores of Hudson Bay.




Retired from Seven Oaks School Division

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Recent Posts by Gabe

Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:12 PM in Science Misconceptions
Hello Mary Beth, Many misconceptions abound in almost every topic we could study in science!  You may want to look for some resources to help anticipate some common misconceptions by searching The Learning Center  and other sources.  An excellent method to uncover misconceptions is to poll your students’ prior knowledge.  I agree with Melissa that you can start off a unit or topic with a KWL a...

Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:44 AM in Appearing Confident as a New Teacher
Hello Jennifer, Like Pamela has said, who wouldn't be nervous!?  I have a couple of pointers that might help alleviate the nerves.  Your cooperating teacher and faculty advisors are not expecting perfection.  Be reflective of your lessons and work toward fixing any problems afterward. You are older and more educated than all the students you will teach.  Even if you are young - and...

Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:36 AM in Student Teaching- General Advice
There are several things I looked for in a student teacher that indicated that they were on the right track: They cared about their students.   I would always ask them, "What do you teach?" and they would answer, "Science!", "Biology", "Grade 8" and I would just say..."I teach kids."  First and foremost remember that you are teaching children.  So, remember to be caring and flexible. T...

Recent Reviews by Gabe

Mon May 28, 2018 8:02 AM
4 Excellent resource for STEM and engineering
I have been using this podcast for years in my design process and STEM workshops for teachers! It expertly and clearly goes through the engineering design process, explaining each step. I use this as an introduction and have even copied their use of symbols for each step to create handouts to students as they go through the steps (see my collections). If I could have put 4.5 stars I would have. My only hesitation in giving it a 5/5 is that the sound is muffled and the video quality is medium resolution - making it a bit tough to use in a group setting. All in all, a fantastic resource that I have come to rely on heavily in my pd workshops.

Recent Public Collections by Gabe

Pop Bottle Ecosystems

7 Resources

Here are some handouts, rubrics, worksheets and an sample student journal for doing pop bottle ecosystems in your classroom. Suitable for grades 4 through 12

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Discussion Starters

2 Resources

Graphic organizers to help start off discussions in science class

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Gabe's STEM resources

43 Resources

A compilation of handouts, rubrics, presentations on STEM and Engineering Design I have used and shared in workshops. Some YouTube video links to help. [Note: The focus is primarily on the engineering design process of STEM, but the activities are good integration]

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