Rachel Stagner

I am a science teacher from Portland, Oregon, and a 2018-2019 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow serving my fellowship at NASA ARMD at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC.



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Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:08 AM in Activities for learning about ecosystems
I think the most engaging thing you can do is take students on a walking field trip outside and have them make observations about the things they see.   A good starting activity is dividing up the things they noticed into living/nonliving things. This works no matter where you are at. Have them come up with their own questions about the ecosystem they are in, on sticky notes, and put them on a pi...

Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:00 AM in Teaching Lab Safety to Students
I like to show students this video: Hank Green Safety Video. Also, a fun way is to give them the rules and have them each make a skit about it.  What right/wrong actions look like and what might happen. I've also done a safety briefing for them about the safety features of the classroom like a steward would on an airplane to make it fun.  

Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:58 AM in Bringing Scientists into the classroom
Check out bringing an explorer to your classroom from Nat Geo: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/education/student-experiences/explorer-classroom 500 women scientists: https://500womenscientists.org/request-a-scientist/ Skype a scientist: https://www.skypeascientist.com/ And also your local colleges or universities are good places to start. I love having video-conferences with students ...