John Olson

Science Content Specialist for the Minnesota Dept. of Education. NSTA Board of Directors - Coordination and Supervision Division. Former physics and earth science teacher, mostly with St. Paul Public Schools.




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Sun Aug 07, 2016 10:17 AM in Science Teachers' Learning: Chapters 2 and 3. NSTA Book Study August 1 - 8
I am intrigued by the Weiss study (p 59) that observed that middle school lessons were weaker than elementary and high school lessons. There are many factors mentioned in the chapter that give middle school teachers and advantage over elementary teachers (e.g. content knowledge, equipment, time). There is less emphasis on content coverage than high school. It will be interesting to see if work for...

Fri Jul 29, 2016 11:56 AM in INTRODUCTION: Science Teachers' Learning - NSTA Book Study July 18 - August 28
Hello, I am John Olson, the science content specialist for the Minnesota Dept. of Education. I am on the NSTA Board as the Coordination and Supervision Division director. My teaching background is mostly physics and earth science courses in urban schools. I am interested in how this study informs professional development, teacher support, and science education systems, especially from the distr...

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Learning to Write and Writing to Learn in Science: Refutational Texts and Analytical Rubrics
Type: Journal Article

From Galileo to Snowflake Bentley: Using Literature to Teach Inquiry in Middle School Science
Type: Journal Article