Christopher Rodriguez

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Recent Posts by Christopher

Tue Nov 29, 2016 8:39 PM in Icebreaker activities
By icebreaker do you mean how to introduce a lesson in such a way to engage students? If so, I recently taught a lesson on potential and kinetic energy. To get the students thinking about energy, force and motion, I had them gather around a table where I set up a ramp and rolled a ball down the ramp over and over again. Then I asked them to describe what was happening. Once they started talking ab...

Tue Nov 29, 2016 8:32 PM in Assigning Homework
From my experience completing field work and what my education professors do is have students reflect on what happened in the lesson. They can write about what they learned, what they thought was interesting, and what confused them or they had trouble grasping. This way they can come back and a discussion can be had on the material and they'll be more focused on the learning.

Wed Apr 20, 2016 12:01 AM in Formative assessments
I've seen great success with online games such as kahoot. In one of my field experience assignments the teacher used the program and her students were all very enthusiastic to answer questions because it is structured as a game with a reward system. So I'd certainly recommend it.

Recent Reviews by Christopher

Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:18 PM
5 Great Collection!
Overall, I really found your collection to be very expansive. I particularly like that you included multiple, specific science objects. The science objects are fantastic for easily accessing specific information on a broad topic. Further, they are a bit more interactive than articles because science objects allow you to check your understanding with questions after reading. I really did enjoy the article Mighty Molecule Models though. I like the idea of students building the molecules and really understanding their structures.

Wed Apr 20, 2016 12:52 AM
Overall, your collection “Population and the Many Contributing Factors Collection” was very informative. The scipack objects on interdependence of life are so full of useful content to help understand how population operates in terms of growth and sustainability. I also found it beneficial that you added an object on organisms in their environments to build foundational knowledge. The object on technology and its effect on the environment and different ecosystems could be a great tool for introducing those concepts to students. What I was most impressed with the the article “Our Growing Planet.” Its information on human effect on the planet combined with practical application of lessons was great because as a teacher finding those resources are so important. Creating engaging activities for students can be very time consuming so having resources on hand to do so can save the time and allow teachers to focus more on the application of lessons and making accommodations. This collection having resources suitable for elementary through high school is also very constructive because it adds to the idea of scaffolding and building a concept over the years to enrich students

Recent Public Collections by Christopher

Elementary Science: Survival

6 Resources

This collection has a series of resources detailing how plants and animals survive in a habitat and depend on each other.

Developing the Essential Features of Inquiry
Type: Journal Article

Interdependence of Life
Type: SciPack