Donna Hawkins

I teach Physical Science and STEM at Slauson Middle School in Azusa, California. I teach three Project Lead the Way courses, Flight and Space, Introduction to Computer Science and Design and Modeling. Last year I started three CyberPatriot teams at our school site. I am so excited about this program. I use some the resource materials in my Computer Science class. We just started up CyberPatriots again this year and I have 25 enthusiastic kids!



Recent Posts by Donna

Tue Jan 19, 2016 6:46 PM in Getting girls involved in Science
I teach eighth grade science and STEM for sixth and eighth grade. My 6th grade girls are so much more engaged in class compared with my eighth grade girls. It is such a challenge to foster and maintain an interest in science and engineering with girls. I agree with many of you, working in groups and providing lots of inquiry helps. Also, I have found that homogeneous grouping during labs and STEM ...

Recent Reviews by Donna

Sat Apr 09, 2016 12:56 PM
5 First Day of School
I have been introducing my students to my class with this activity for years. It sets the tone of my teaching style. Students ask questions, challenging them to frame the question for a yes or no response, the beginnings of scientific inquiry. When I meet parents at back to school night, so many express how excited their child is to learn about science this year. Science should always be exciting!

Thu Apr 07, 2016 1:14 PM
5 Small Steps Can Make Big Changes in Learn
This article is straight forward and offers some simple suggestions that can be incorporated into the lesson to help teacher and students be aware of misconceptions about science phenomena.

Tue Jan 19, 2016 6:37 PM
5 Reactions to Atomic Structure
I have been using this lesson for several years in my classroom. I agree, that building the model provides the hands-on opportunity students need to deepen their understanding of atoms. I also have them present their model to the class. I really like the rubric, it is very structured and detailed.

Recent Public Collections by Donna

Particle Theoryu

4 Resources

Tried and True: Evaporating is cool
Type: Journal Article

Science Sampler: Building student mental constructs of particle theory
Type: Journal Article

Acids and Bases

26 Resources

Resources to teach students about acids and bases. Ideas for developing inquiry as part of the unit.

Flint's water crisis, explained in 3 minutes Vox Vox
Type: User uploaded resource

How does lead get into my drinking water and how do I get it out?
Type: User uploaded resource