Amanda Fraley

Hi! I am 20 years old and currently a senior at Wright State University - Dayton Campus. I will be doing my Student Teaching this year in a 1st grade Dayton school! I will graduate in Spring 2020 with a degree in Early Childhood Education with the 4/5 Generalist Endorsement (Pre-K - 5th Grade). I hope to get my masters in child development, eventually. I have 2 cats (Spur and Lily), a snake (Danger Worm), and 2 beta fish. When I am not at the aquarium, working as an office assistant, or reading, you can find me in the pit at concerts or crowdsurfing (a fun secret my students /never/ believe!).




Student Teacher

Recent Posts by Amanda

Wed May 22, 2019 1:06 PM in 5E: Migration and Hibernation
For migration, ask your students to think about birds (I am not sure where you live, but for example, here in Ohio we have Canadian Geese that come down every summer) and if they notice anything about certain birds in the area.  Students could work together to discuss their ideas and come up with a rational they want to share with the class.  You could also use sea animals or deer or any other an...

Wed May 22, 2019 12:57 PM in Keeping curiosity in space!   NASA has a website designed for K-4, of course, you'd have to go through and find what you want them to do, but it is a credible sight where they are less likely to develop misconceptions. You could incoorporate plants and the sun, and then branch out to stars!  Or have the students design planets and then place them around the s...

Sat May 18, 2019 3:51 PM in Keeping PreK Engaged
Check out and see if there are any reptile rehab centers near you!  Most of these centers do free student learning experiences and tend to want to come out to schools and show them more! 

Recent Reviews by Amanda

Thu May 23, 2019 2:47 PM
5 Great for New Teachers
As a soon-to-be first year teacher, I found this article very helpful in laying out guidelines not only for myself but for my class, as I work towards creating a science classroom that students enjoy. I have found that as students age, they lose interest in science because it is "boring" or "hard." This journal article lays out of the four constructs found in STEM identity (demonstrating competence in science knowledge and practices (Carlone 2012), belonging to a community of practice (Wenger 1998), meaningful recognition by others and self (Carlone and Johnson 2007), and a discovery orientation that includes ways of thinking, feeling, and acting when immersed in a field of science that motivates one to persevere in sense-making activities (Hill et al. 2017; Jaber and Hammer 2016). Additionally, the author provides goals and types of "talk" that should be used in the classroom so STEM is cultivated and encouraged in our students, rather than made dull and uninteresting.

Recent Public Collections by Amanda

ECE 5030

16 Resources

An Inquiry Primer
Type: Journal Article

Light Students' Interest in the Nature of Science
Type: Journal Article