Wendy Ruchti

I am a school designer/ coach for several Utah and Idaho Expeditionary Learning Schools.




Expeditionary Learning

Recent Posts by Wendy

Thu May 23, 2013 2:38 PM in FACTS: Formative Assessment Classroom Techniques - Let's Share!
I love all these ideas. I have used many of these strategies including clickers (I use poll everywhere since I don't have clickers), and wait time especially. I typically use a combination of think/ink-pair-share or turn and talk and then cold call (random or based on overheard conversations). That way students all have something to contribute as we share out whole class. I also use indivi...

Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:34 PM in Classroom management
Great ideas and comments! Another great resource (and free but a little more lengthy) are the IRIS modules concerning classroom managment: Classroom Management (Part 1): Learning the Components of a Comprehensive Behavior Management Plan: New! This module—a revision of Who's In Charge? Developing a Comprehensive Behavior Management System—highlights the importance of establishing a compre...

Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:39 AM in Misconceptions in the Elementary Classroom
A great site for research on student understanding of a specific science topic is the NSDL Science Literacy Maps. Not only does it have concept mapping of the content, you can find current research on misconceptions/naive conceptions/preconceptions. I find that first starting with an understanding of where your students might be can help plan for those discrepant events that will get students pa...

Recent Reviews by Wendy

Wed Oct 16, 2013 11:08 PM
5 Great to connect 5E to Next Gen
This chapter takes what we already know (5E) and connects it to the New NGSS. The well written chapter is a helpful guide to sequencing lessons in ways that are both developmentally appropriate and tied to the NGSS.

Thu May 23, 2013 12:59 PM
5 Great introductory reading
This would be a great text for students beginning their study of watershed. In the Common Core, students need to be able to read complex text (but not too complex) to be able to understand and clarify an issue. With simplicity, the text outlines many of the different issues concerning water and why we need to understand where our water comes from.

Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:05 PM
5 Wonderful resources
I've been teaching a STEM class in middle school and have noticed differences in how different kids approach the problems. These resources are really helpful in knowing, not just methods for helping girls, but all learners that are not those that traditionally make a b-line to STEM fields.

Recent Public Collections by Wendy

ISU EDUC 3331 Intro to NGSS

10 Resources

This collection is meant to introduce you to the architecture of the NGSS and help you become familiar with the structure of the 3D standards.

Type: User uploaded resource

NGSS: A Vision for K-12 Science Education
Type: User uploaded resource


8 Resources

Methods and Strategies: Discussion Maps Make Sense!
Type: Journal Article

Science Conversations for Young Learners
Type: Journal Article

Discrepant Events

2 Resources

The Pressure’s On
Type: Journal Article

Tried and True: Water Screen: A Discrepant Event
Type: Journal Article