Ashley Ericson




Wright State University

Recent Posts by Ashley

Sat May 25, 2019 12:31 PM in Integrating Reading and Science
This is a great approach to increasing engagement and scientific critical thinking. Ideally of course, our teams in middle school would be able to collaborate and integrate a novel into their ELA block that could also be critiqued in science for accuracy. However I think your reading groups and various titles sounds like it is working well! I ran across an article here at nsta called Reading Alou...

Sat May 25, 2019 12:17 PM in Paper Airplanes and other Flying Things in NGSS
I love this idea! There is such great potential for students to create, understand how and why things the different aspects of the plane are necessary, and then improve on their ideas using new learning. It is hard to move away from the scientific method when it has been such a staple for many years in education, but as many people also contributed, it is not nearly as realistic as we make it out...

Recent Reviews by Ashley

Sun May 26, 2019 6:07 PM
5 Interesting technique!
This is a great approach to critiquing science in a meaningful way. The literature circles ensure that all students are involved and have a part to play, and it likely broadens their reading genres as well. Scientific vocabulary is bound to be present, and will be meaningful to students because they will have a story to connect those concepts to. As an avid reader, I would love to try this in my classroom. The possibilities are endless, as there is literature to be found on any subject!

Sun May 26, 2019 6:06 PM
5 Classroom Controversy
This is a great approach to student engagement in authentic scientific topics! The art of controversy typically brings out emotions and opinions, regardless of the topic, and would likely intrigue students. Many scientific issues are challenged due to personal belief or lifestyle in the everyday world, but it is our duty to ensure students are forming an opinion based on facts, data and research so they can make informed decisions in all aspects of their lives. The stem cell debate is a great one, what other controversial topics do you have in mind for students of this age group?