Arlene Jurewicz-Leighton

I am interested in ways online learning communities grow. My background is in science education and working with online learning environments and resources in the virtual world. I teach earth, space and physical science courses online. I am helping out on the discussion boards here in the Learning Center as a senior online advisor. I enjoy gardening, swimming and summers in Maine




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Recent Posts by Arlene

Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:48 AM in Teaching Science in an ESE Classroom
Hi Sophia, You might want to review the activities and lessons in the NSTA Hub for NGSS for grade 2 to see specific activities IE Here are some for Earth and Human Activitiy I would then look at  the types of exceptionality each of your ESE students have in looking at how to accomodate and modify these lessons. IE ...

Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:22 PM in Assessment OF, FOR, or AS Learning?
Michelle, Of, For and As - Nice to delve into these areas of assessment. "Three little words can make all the difference in the way we think, create, and use assessments. There are assessments OF learning, which are like summative assessments that gather data about student performance and learning outcomes (Gupta, 2016). There are assessments FOR learning, which are more like formative ass...

Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:45 AM in Teaching Science with Less Abstraction
Hi Ryan, Students often want a reason for why they are learning concepts. They want to know how they will use and apply what you are presenting to them. You might want to explore resources here in the learning center using the phrase ‘everyday science’.  You will find books full of ways to approach science through inquiry. You mentioned you have limited resources so you might want to search fr...

Recent Reviews by Arlene

Thu Dec 18, 2014 3:33 PM
5 Be Inspired !
“Good science education is not an end unto itself, but a beginning' If you are looking for inspiration about teaching NGSS please consider the day long archived virtual conference of NGSS Practices in Action. You’ll be inspired by the session on modeling by Cynthia Passmore who engages to consider that science is about figuring things out. Jonathan Osborne session on argumentation helps you to understand its place in science and the need for science literate students to engage in developing explanation through evidence. Mariel Milano focused on engineering practices, explaining how they are similar to yet different from science practices and how students can engage in them to lean core ideas in life, Earth, and physical science. Other sessions look at best practices in elementary education and the science content areas are not to be missed.and the wrap up sessions delves into participants questions and next steps. This archive is the next best thing to being at the Nov 15th virtual conference !

Wed May 01, 2013 1:02 PM
5 Engage students with driving questions
Jeff Nordine and Ruben Torres explore how to create a driving question board to guide inquiry based science in your classroom. in this article they explore the five key criteria for driving questions : sustainable, meaningful, feasible, worthwhile and ethical as you develop your DQB for your classroom. The DQB can be a "record of learning as a unit progresses, help set the stage for future learning, guide in-class discussions, and promotes authentic assessment."

Wed May 01, 2013 12:00 PM
5 Third graders collaborate with Space Center
If you have 150 third graders and want to engage them in a research project on Pluto's lost planetary status who do you contact? If you are the late Lindsay Jones the amazing librarian at Round Rock Independent School District at Cactus Ranch Elementary School you contact Journey Through theSolar System provided by Space Center Houston. This article is worth the read to see how this librarian and teachers used video conferencing with Space Center representatives based on student generated questions to investigate what is a planet. In the course of this project students developed research skills , evaluate information , wrote a paper and create a final video about their findings. This project is a tribute to learning and to Lindsay Jones.

Recent Public Collections by Arlene

Science Sampler: Connecte2d Teaching—A comprehensive resource for teaching science using earthquakes
Type: Journal Article

Digging Into Inquiry-based Earth Science Research
Type: Journal Article

Seasons - Elementary Level

11 Resources

Science and Children articles,Science Object, Web Seminar and Formative Assessment Probes on Season

Teaching Through Trade Books: Seasons by the Sun
Type: Journal Article

Natural Resources: Seasons Change
Type: Journal Article