Laura Hepner

I'm a full-time student at UMBC. My major is Psychology in addition to getting my teaching certificate in Elementary Education. I have an AAT in Elementary Education/Generic Special Education. My long term goal is to obtain my masters in Special Education. I work part-time in before and after school care.



Recent Posts by Laura

Thu Oct 20, 2011 3:18 PM in Invent an Alien activity
I enjoyed the alien activity. I think it is a great way to get students to think outside of the box. One of the requirements was to make the alien represent our assigned planet but this was much more difficult than I had anticipated. However, when I thought about making it into a story, the ideas started flowing. The only thing that I didn't really like about the project was the directions. The di...

Thu Oct 20, 2011 3:07 PM in Tree Observations
I think that the tree observation is a great activity for upper elementary students. The observation requires several entries per week which can be time consuming so I think for the lower elementary school ages, this activity would be better as a class activity once or twice a week when the students can go outside and look at a tree together. This will help get the students more involved with part...

Sun Oct 09, 2011 9:35 AM in Using Online Textbooks in Schools
I was reading an article titled "Online textbooks moving into Washington area schools", from [i]The Washington Post[/i] talking about how more and more schools in the Washington area are considering adopting online textbooks. Several schools have already transitioned to using online textbooks for Social Studies. Other counties in the area are waiting for the cost to go down while others are simply...

Recent Reviews by Laura

Sun Oct 23, 2011 5:35 PM
4 Hallway Solar System
This is a great article for teachers to gain ideas about how to make the solar system relative to their students understanding. The solar system isn't a place where the students can take a field trip to. This article will help teachers to bring the solar system to the classroom while keeping the proportions relatively the same. This article used tiles in the hallway. In my methods course, we did this same type of activity but with toilet paper. We had to do the math to determine how many squares needed to be between the planets. Once we finished, we set up our model in the hallway and completed a solar system walk. It was interesting because it showed how far apart the planets were. As a class we stopped at each planet and discussed a few facts about each one.

Sun Oct 23, 2011 5:22 PM
4 Teaching the Seasons
I think that this is a great resource because it will help teachers to learn how to better explain why the seasons change. I like that it starts out by explaining how the Earth orbits the sun. I think one of the hardest concepts to learn is how the earth orbits and how that affects the season. Students learn the season based on the months of the year so it is hard to break in the concept that really the seasons are caused by the Earth's orbit around the sun. The illustrations in this object are detailed and easy to understand. I like how it is broken down into sections with separate illustrations. This resource is highly informative. I would recommend this object for others.