Patty McGinnis

I'm a veteran teacher and editor of Science Scope. I currently work as an instructional coach and really enjoy supporting teachers in the classroom



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Recent Posts by Patty

Sun Nov 17, 2013 2:05 PM in Opportunities for Middle School Science Teachers
To Science Leaders! I have some EXCITING news regarding National Middle Level Science Teachers Association that I hope you will pass along to your organization. *The application for the Paul deHart Hurd Award is due next month. The winner receives $1,000 to defray the cost of attending the NSTA national conference. Applications are available at Middle...

Fri May 03, 2013 5:06 PM in The Brain and Learning
Patty, Thanks for the link. I just signed up. The upcoming webinar The Impact of Technology on Our Brains looks to be interesting. I often wonder what the impact of all of this technology is having on our student's brain development. They have some interesting books listed, too

Fri May 03, 2013 4:47 PM in Teaching Science Online
This is a great thread. I didn't too many recent studies compared wet labs to virtual labs, although the following (written a decade ago) does discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of such labs. It would be nice to find something more recent given the advances in technology in the last few years. Scheckler, R. K. (2003). Virtual labs: a substitute for traditional labs?. International...

Recent Reviews by Patty

Fri May 17, 2013 5:17 PM
5 Reading---and understanding---informational text
Are your students struggling to read the text? The author provides a template for how to break down complex topics for clearer understanding. Graphic organizers tips for differentiating for reading ability will help you to assist your students as they master informational text. Although the author uses earthquakes as the topic, the ideas presented in this article could be modified for any discipline.

Fri May 17, 2013 4:58 PM
3 uncovering student thinking in pre-K
Several hands-on investigations are described that you will assist you in uncovering the thinking of young students. Although the activities are engaging, the authors do little to explain the types of questions asked of students. They also do not offer suggestions for correcting misconceptions. Simply uncovering thinking is not enough; teachers need to be aware of common misconceptions and how to address them. If you are looking for hands-on activities for pre-k, you'll find some great ideas, however.

Fri May 17, 2013 4:45 PM
4 How to teach students how to write a summary
Are you struggling to get your students to read the text? Are you looking for ideas to help you integrate more reading and writing into your curriculum? This article gives you some concrete ways of helping your students summarize the text in writing. Subject area teachers will find the ideas helpful for most students. Students who struggle with reading and writing may need additional scaffolding which is not addressed in the article.

Recent Public Collections by Patty


4 Resources

for the study of wetlands and watersheds

Project Wet
Type: User uploaded resource

Skateboards or Wildlife? Kids Decide!
Type: Journal Article

Plate Tectonics

6 Resources

Lab: Observing the Effect Caused by Plate Movements
Type: User uploaded resource

Plate Tectonics: Diverging, Converging, and Transform Boundaries
Type: User uploaded resource

The Nature of Science

6 Resources

Favorite Demonstration: Experiencing the Nature of Science—An Interactive, Beginning-of-Semester Activity
Type: Journal Article

Research and Teaching: Scientist – Science Educator Collaborations—Do They Improve Student’s Understanding of the Nature of Science
Type: Journal Article