Valerie Sweeney

I teach 3rd grade in a rural school. I have taught k-3rd grade for 21 years and counting in inner city, affluent, and currently a rural community. I am currently enrolled in a graduate program. I also train teachers in my state how to use hands-on science modules in their classrooms.




Mcdavid Jones Elementary School

Recent Posts by Valerie

Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:45 AM in Writing in Science
Back to poems in science, does anyone else use cinquains in science? I love the way they tell so much about my students without a lot of words. I use one noun, two verbs, three adjectives, a three-four word prepositional phrase, and a synonym for the original noun. community speak, listen smart, challenging, thinking always learn a lot colleagues

Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:29 AM in Technology in your science lessons
That is my next step Margaret. My plate is a bit full right now with teaching, grad school, and training other teachers in the state. But I am interested in looking into writing a grant for the technology. I think we would be a perfect candidate with the socioeconimic status of our community.

Wed Dec 28, 2011 5:24 PM in Writing in Science
Sorry I got busy with school and grad school and never got back to answer or read answers on the site! Kathy, the way I instruct the kids to write a conclusion is to review their hypothesis. They have to tell how their results confirmed or dispelled their original theory. They have to give examples from their observations to back up their conclusion. It is really funny to watch them try to sti...