Vanessa Nambo

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Recent Posts by Vanessa

Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:57 AM in Science Songs
Hello everyone! I am in Mrs. Mohr's science methods class, one semester away from student teaching! Our class has had the opportunity to create our own science units, and two of my classmates chose a fun song relating to the water cycle for their unit on weather. The song is mostly for the younger grades, however, I found myself singing the song throughout the rest of the day when I heard it; it's...

Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:18 PM in What's on you summer reading list?
Thank you everyone for the wonderful suggestions for science books! I just finished taking a wonderful class with Mrs. Mohr where we read Bill Robertson books and those were great! It was so easy to comprehend and made me feel more knowledgeable about science. I will definitely be checking out these books for future reading. Science is not one of my most strongest subjects, so the more informed I ...

Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:22 PM in Sharing the Research & Best Practices in Science Teaching & Learning
Strategy 12: Engage Students Who Have a History of Poor Achievement In 1985, Jeanne Oakes performed a study where there were two groups with a history of poor achievement. Oakes wrote a book in which she challenged the assumptions made: that students feel better about themselves and their abilities when separated from other students and that their learning potential is seen through external behav...

Recent Reviews by Vanessa

Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:49 PM
5 Review
This article highlights the importance of teaching the "nature of science." It contains key information such as how the media can play a vital role in the students' ideas about science as well as the actual school's science experiences (i.e. textbooks). Some students may believe that science never changes and that it is merely a procedure. They may not view science as a hands-on, inquiry-based subject. In the article, the teacher showed students how science can change by having them do inquiry based activities themselves. The teacher asked questions comparing their inquiry-based lesson how actual scientists "do science." This is something that we as educators need to realize : students will not fully understand what science is unless they actually do science. Students need to do hands-on activities so that they don't have the misconception that students had in this article about science never changing and being the same. The article also states that research has proven that just doing science is not enough; in depth discussions also need to take place in order for students to understand. During discussions, teachers should emphasize that science can be exciting by using creativity. In addition, the article states that educators must have a clear understanding of the specific content they are teaching and encourage students to write, draw, or discuss their own ideas about science and scientists. This article is a helpful reminder.