Elizabeth Barrett-Zahn

Editor, Science and Children, NSTA; STEM Consultant ez-stem.com; Fulbright Fellow Vietnam, DAST (2017); AAAS Featured Teacher (2017)




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Recent Posts by Elizabeth

Thu Apr 01, 2021 4:38 PM in COVID Safe Science Experiments
If students are in school, can you get them outside?  Outdoors can be a wonderful place to explore and use an outdoor lab. Try setting up observation areas, where students can look for evidence of spring, animals, plants, interactions...  Have students start science journal/notebooks to record their wonderings and questions.  Allow them to experience the world outside the classroom door.  Also, t...

Thu Apr 01, 2021 4:34 PM in Virtual Science
Try to tap into their interests.  What gets them excited?  Do they wonder about things in the world around them? Try creating a Wonderwall - students can post wonderings and questions.  Then you can prepare to dive into a Wonder as a class.  What would you need to know, do, ask, try?  Where can we find answers?  Answers will often lead to more questions, so get ready for the Wall to grow! Be s...

Tue Mar 09, 2021 7:22 PM in New Teacher: Switching from Secondary to Elementary Ed
My abbreviated advice would be: let the kids show you what they can do and already know.   The best moments working with young learners are when they can take charge, make connections, find the evidence, defend the claims.  With your agriculture background, you can certainly create opportunities for student engagement and exploration with growing plants and connections to healthy systems. You...