Rachel Wagner

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Recent Posts by Rachel

Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:25 PM in STEM
Hey Daniel!  I also think it's super important for students to learn about science in an atmosphere that can be fun! When we were playing around with the tops and the blocks it really never occurred to me that students are actually learning when they're playing like that! So so much is learned from personal experience that we should allow time for this personal experience to be made. 

Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:15 PM in STEM- engineering and literacy
Hello Morgan!  STEM is an amazing thing and I'm also learning about it to become an Elementary teacher right now! One way that I immediately thought about was having students draw inventions they couldn't live without. (Eg. Light bulbs, how would you see in the dark??) From these drawings, you could have a large group or partner discussion about the problems that these inventions solved. Why d...

Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:08 PM in Navigating Discussion and Creating Appropriate Questions
Hi Jillian!  I'm a student at the Univeristy of Northern Iowa and I'm currently taking my science methods class. We've talked a lot about this topic and the importance of argumentation and discussion in the classroom. We talked heavily about talk moves to help with this problem of how we can steer our students away from misconceptions without hurting or stunting the learner. Talk moves are all...