Heather Brinkshroeder

I'm the science curriculum writer at Brink Science Education. I'm interested in advancing science education and appreciation in the United States, especially the Quad Cities area.




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Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:18 PM in Developing Awareness of NGSS
Kathy, I have begun to answer these questions, and your simple question about how I would answer them really got me thinking. I’m not a teacher trainer, but this is what I would want to see if I didn’t know anything about the NGSS. Make the scope and purpose of each meeting clear before you get there, so you don't have leaders who have been following the NGSS all along attending a basic-in...

Mon Jan 27, 2014 2:26 PM in Developing Awareness of NGSS
I think the big question teachers have when they first confront the Standards is "How is this different from what I'm doing?" Other questions: "What do I have to change?" "What will I have to learn?" "How will my district support me?" "Why should I be in favor of this?" "What challenges do I face during implementation?"

Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:03 PM in Teaching Science to Elementary Children
Start with what you're comfortable with. Are you trained in discussing trade books with your students? What do you know about the history of science? Are you trained in leading classroom discussions with your age group? From there, push your boundaries. Get professional development that focuses on teaching science in elementary school. Find a science lesson for your age group and try it out. Y...