Vanessa Gonzalez



Recent Posts by Vanessa

Thu Nov 16, 2017 7:07 PM in Student Teacher
Hi Ruth, I am a pre-service teacher and have recently completed volunteer hours at the Maryland Science Center where there are a lot of STEM based activities that can be potentially be incorporated into your classroom. I definitely recommend checking it out and there is a high chance of finding activities that may be related to what you are interested in teaching in your classroom. They try to ...

Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:53 PM in Science Trips
Hi Farah, I believe informal education is extremely important for children and is very powerful for student learning. Depending on where you are located, you can utilize nature outside of the school, such as a state park, or museums. I am located in Maryland and had to opportunity to volunteer at the Maryland Science Center. During this time, I was able to observe children of all ages engage in...

Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:20 AM in Teaching Earth Science for the first time
Hi Brendan, Good luck with your first year as a teacher! NSTA has a lot of cool resources you could look into, such as their SciPacks. They have one dedicated to the Universe and one dedicated to the Solar System. Both seem very insightful to what you will be teaching and can hopefully help out a lot.

Recent Reviews by Vanessa

Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:40 PM
5 Great for Unit Planning
I really enjoyed this article because it was insightful and provided a good outline for planning a unit. The article focuses more on the aspect of pollution, but was helpful with some information on plants in general. I am planning for a school garden unit plan and still found this article helpful.

Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:34 PM
5 Very insightful
I really enjoyed this resource because it was very easy to find and provided me with so much information that I had not known before. I am planning a unit that involves creating a school garden and this article provide very helpful information for that. I now plan on having students make their own chia pet in class during an extended class period while we create our own garden! Helpful information on what to keep in mind and the kinds of questions students may have during this activity or similar activities. Also very good for relating to other cultures.

Recent Public Collections by Vanessa

From Garden to Table
Type: Journal Article

Creating a Schoolyard Mini-Garden
Type: Journal Article