Ayda Parra

I am an elementary school teacher and a student in Connecticut. I like to read as much as I like to teach. When I am not in the classroom, I like to do gardening, cooking and science projects with my daughters. I love stories about superheroes, especially those with important women’s roles. I enjoy reading about the Midwest, the Mississippi River, blues and jazz, African American history, and migration. This year I will complete my advanced Masters degree in Education and I will be ready to rejoin the field. I miss working with bilingual students and families.



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Recent Posts by Ayda

Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:52 AM in First Day of School Science Activities
This is a great idea to work with temperature and tools. Easy and Fun! thank you for sharing it.

Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:41 AM in STEM and Fairy Tales
This is really an interesting idea to involve Fairy Tale lovers! mostly, because right now there are several spinoffs of famous stories in Language Arts It would be great to combine science and LA with this topic.

Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:18 AM in Avoiding Misconceptions in Science Education
Recently I found the following PDF addressing common misconceptions in science for elementary school children. Here is the link: Operation Physics at www.amasci.com/miscon/opphys.html I am gathering more resources to this topic on my library if anyone has more links with resources, I would appreciate it. Ayda

Recent Reviews by Ayda

Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:56 AM
5 Remembering BIG Ideas
One of the points of this article is "The assumption that young children do not possess the working short term memory for processing complex information" which can be explained by physical development and certainly agree with the strategies presented on it. However, the article mentions second point: "learning continues to grow across subjects as learners get older" as another assumption. It is my understanding that research shows that students use strategies to cluster information. It is also observed in research for second language acquisition and brain research. The brain makes connections every time it encounters new information is an effective way for learning. It can not be presented as an assumption, but as a fact. The idea of "thinking about thinking" (metacognition) is a pivotal and fundamental strategy in all subject areas. This article is an excellent example of how to use strategies for English Language learners. The use of mnemonic systems such as rhymes, acronyms, acrostics and peg words are examples of it.

Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:35 AM
5 Involvement
This article celebrates the stance of the traditional science fair, that for most young students was a requirement rather than an enjoyable experience. I think that it takes a community to change perspectives and to move forward to better outcomes. Science can be part of this change. If schools could use the expertise of not only teachers, students and families and manage to put together professionals and universities together, they would be able to solve everyday problems attached to those particular places. The intention of creating these spaces of creativity, culture and science is essential for young children, which might be inspired to follow a path of community involvement, and success in learning.

Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:24 AM
5 Inspiration in science
I enjoyed this article for many reasons, including the importance of realizing the connection between art, poetry, literature, and science and mathematics. Incorporating poetry, such as haikus, into teaching various scientific occurrences will not only create a more creative learning environment but also reach a broader and more diverse audience. Learners that might not excel at sciences may end up being inspired when art is involved. Another aspect relevant to this article is the benefits that outside walkings through nature brings to a classroom of diverse learners. It provides the everybody with the same experience and provide inspiration and motivation into the learning process, acknowledging individual creativity as learners can sketch, write, take notes or pictures, providing different perspectives to the class.

Recent Public Collections by Ayda

Science and Math research

1 Resources

This library contains relevant research on math and science for elementary ed.

Integrating Math in a Sea of Science
Type: Journal Article

Science and ELA research

25 Resources

This collection has science and ELA related latest research in elementary ed.

barton heideman jordan teaching reading in mathandscience.pdf
Type: User uploaded resource

Podcast: NSTA Press: Energy Stop Faking It!: Temperature Defined
Type: Podcast

Elementary research on Bilingual Ed.

7 Resources

This library contains research over science and bilingual education.

Perspectives: Learning to Observe and Infer
Type: Journal Article

Celebrating Science With the Community
Type: Journal Article