Cory Williams

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Recent Reviews by Cory

Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:59 PM
3 Heavy on the Environment
I expected this sci-object to focus on population balance and how populations maintain equilibrium. These areas were addressed. However, a large majority of the material seemed to focus on environmental reasons for the emergence of different biomes across the planet. In fact, it went into great detail regarding rain patterns and biome descriptions. The core material, regarding population balances, almost seemed an afterthought.

Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:58 PM
5 Helpful Tips for Elementary Classes
Despite the fact that I am an elementary teacher, I found this podcast to be fairly helpful in offering discussion tips and activities to help facilitate discussion during class. It is important to discuss meaningful, ethical issues with students at all levels in order to create students who become good citizens. I think the emphasis on discussion norms, role playing exercises and forcing students into pro and con groups are all viable and useful strategies for an elementary classroom. This podcast is meant for older students, and thus, the piece about defining ethical theories would need more scaffolding for younger kids. Other than that, the podcast was very helpful.

Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:01 AM
3 Review of Compost Plan
The Compost Plan offers a fun, year-long activity that students are bound to adore. It also provide a fair amount of basic information for teachers about how to go about composting. However, this plan doesn't seem to do enough to inspire inquiry or actively involve the community. I would like to see students be allowed the first few weeks to try their own compost mixes. I know it can get messy, but let them see if they can discover the "perfect recipe" for compost on their own (by the way the example of good and bad biscuit recipes is great). I would also like to see more outreach into the school cafeteria and community. Start using kitchen scraps, or as is more likely, talk about why you can't use some of those scraps. Expand the program and have students give presentation to other classes, or to community farming groups. I would also like to see more of an effort to document which families take the ideas home.