Kaitlin O'Connor

I am a senior studying elementary/middle school education with a ceritification in science. I hope to teach middle school science next fall.



Recent Posts by Kaitlin

Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:51 PM in Bringing Scientists into the classroom
Hi Lizzy, I just finished up my first semester student teaching. I agree that bringing in real, working scientists can greatly benefit students! I have seen this done in my younger sister's 5th grade science classroom. The teacher sent a paper home with students and asked for parents to fill out the paper if they have a science-related career. Once the papers were returned, she sorted through ...

Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:13 PM in Teacher vs. Friend
Hi Alex,  I have just finished up my first student teaching placement. I completely understand how you feel about being too friendly with students. I was in a 6th grade science classroom and I found that my students responded better to a healthy balance of friendliness and sternness. In a way, I think it is important to pick your battles with students. If you stop class to correct every little...

Recent Reviews by Kaitlin

Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:30 PM
4 Great Resource with Acitivity for Middle Schooler
This is a great resource to use when studying weather with middle school students. It includes an acitivity called "Weather Watch" in which students will watch their local weather of a period of time. They will identify patterns in their local weather and then attempt to make weather predictions. In doing this activity, students gain a better understanding and appreciation of weather and meterology. The resource contains important background information, a procedure for completing the activity, questions and conclusion, and a teacher guide. Overall, this is an excellent resource and a great way to get students working hands on in science class!

Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:16 PM
5 Excellent Resource- Wide Variety of Information
I found this resource to be fantastic for re-teaching myself the major components of weather. This sci-pack is filled with rich information needed to teach middle schoolers about weather and climate. It has a wide variety of different sub-topics which are extremely useful. I found that the time it took to complete this resource was time well spent. The embedded checks for understanding and short quizzes really encompassed the information being presented. Overall, this is a high quality resource!

Recent Public Collections by Kaitlin

Weather and Climate

7 Resources

This collection focuses on the topic of weather and climate. It is designed to fit the middle school age group and the standards that go along with grades 6-8 science education.

Weather Channel: Behind the Scenes
Type: User uploaded resource

Climate and Water Teaching Box
Type: User uploaded resource