Juraj Duracka

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Recent Posts by Juraj

Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:45 PM in When you leave your students in the hands of a substitute teacher, what advice do you have? What are your "pet peeves?" What do you appreciate the most as a professional?
I agree with Christie, the best thing that teachers can do is to pay attention to those little things the substitutes should know about. I am a teacher candidate who is still learning to develop my own lesson plans. From my professors I keep hearing that well written lesson plans should be easy to follow - for me or for anyone else who needs to take over for some time. I just have to add that i...

Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:30 PM in Space Science in Kindergarten?????
Reading with interest and considering your posts describing the teaching about planets and stars, or Moon phases to Kindergarteners or lower ES students - I have always wondered why teachers pick the theme of space and solar system for remedial summer school programs in my school district. Still wondering...

Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:18 PM in Literary text to Support Science Instruction
Thank you for posting the link to the article about ELL achievement in science. As an ESOL instructor who is able to see my ELLs only 1-2 times a week, I try to multitask while providing language instruction. Even with students who still need basic social vocabulary I have to teach topics like adjectives, verbs, or nouns using content words. I started with hesitation, mainly becuase I was not t...

Recent Reviews by Juraj

Fri Oct 07, 2011 9:36 PM
4 Good for beginners
This was the first Science Object I have completed. Designed for Elementary school students, this resource can be viewed either as a text or listened to as if it was a lecture (has an audio recording of the full text). Either way, the text is accompanied by helpful visuals – models or illustrations. I appreciate that each section has at least one check point – a question with multiple choice answer for a learner to confirm his/her understanding. As other science objects, this one is also about two hours long when using narration. I was not able to do it in one session and had to return twice. I was surprised that I had to start from the beginning every time. This object has only eight pages and it was easy to skip the pages I had already completed but I think it would be better to be able to start where I left off.

Wed Sep 28, 2011 9:52 AM
5 This is clear and easy to use
Sizing up the Solar System is an article providing a look at teaching students to understand models in science. In this article specifically, authors point out that by the end of 5th grade student should understand that a model is a smaller version of the real product. Then they turn the reader’s attention to the student (mis)understanding of the Solar System models. The authors explain that in order for student to understand the models better, teachers need to include size and distances within our Solar System by introducing a notion of “scale”. Authors offer lesson plan activities that lead students to understanding of distances and positions of planets as well as to making of a scaled representation of our Solar System on a sentence strip. As a future classroom teacher, I can see myself using this lesson with my students. I appreciate that it is engaging and easy to follow. The lesson includes preassessment (what students know about models and their use in science), clear criteria for observing the Solar System models (almost like a scoring rubric), very clear directions for making a scaled model, and also a visual of a final product.