Katie Vaughn

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Recent Reviews by Katie

Tue May 05, 2015 10:04 PM
5 Great Way to have Students Think Like Scientists
This article is a great read for future educators who are still trying to learn how to create a classroom based on inquiry learning. The students were able to take over the role of a geologist when presented with a real-life learning experience identifying unknown rocks. Students also are able to think scientifically and practice problem solving which helps with classroom engagement. There are many extensions that can stem from this activity and it is useful when basing a classroom on scientific inquiry.

Tue May 05, 2015 10:03 PM
5 Great Resource for Future Educators
This article is very useful to help educators understand the how difficult subject matter can be to young students. Students often have difficulty recognizing abstract ideas, especially those that cannot be seen to the naked eye. The idea to make clay models to help students represent atoms is a wonderful, hands-on activity to help students see an abstract idea. Students will gain a firm understanding of concepts through modeling rather than learning the material through rote memorization. The activity provided in this article is an excellent idea to help students visualize atoms and chemical equations.

Tue May 05, 2015 10:02 PM
4 Great Demonstration to use in Classroom
This article helps future educators see how one can help young students see structures that cannot be visualized easily. The egg yolk demonstration is a great tool to use in the classroom with explicit, step-by-step directions and it would be easy to implement in the classroom. This article explains how the cell membrane functions with the polarity of the phospholipids and demonstrates this idea using the egg yolk demonstration. This demonstration would be great in the classroom to help students see the function of cell membranes and to see how the cell interacts with other substances.

Recent Public Collections by Katie

Certification Preparation

25 Resources

SciPacks are a great resource to use in preparation for the science state certification test.

Atomic Structure
Type: SciPack

Cells and Chemical Reactions
Type: SciPack


11 Resources

Collection of resources about simulations in the classroom to share with the NSTA community.

Using Web-Based Simulations to Promote Inquiry
Type: Journal Article

Model Synergy: Combining Classic Modeling Practices and Digital Simulations to Augment Deeper Conceptual Understanding
Type: Journal Article