Jennifer M Tanko

Current UMBC graduate student working toward my M.A.T. in elementary education. I'm passionate about science education and emphasize reading for pleasure. I live in Baltimore and run my own freelance makeup artistry business and work in collaboration with Flaunt salon in Hampden. My hobbies include running, painting, fantasy football and hiking and I'm a big fan of Star Trek, Harry Potter and other science fiction and fantasy works.





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Recent Posts by Jennifer M

Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:17 PM in First day of teaching
Ashley, I love that perspective. Science is so dynamic and plastic and including students in on that knowledge and dialogue will lead to an empowering classroom, I think. It would be interesting to design a lesson plan that looks into former scientific 'truths' that have since been disproven to show how knowledge develops in science. I'm a pre-service teacher (in Heather's class actually) and the ...

Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:00 PM in NSTA for iPad
Some of the journals have iPad apps, however, if that's something you're interested in! The site usually works fine on my iPad, but I have the first one so sometimes it crashes.

Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:25 PM in Movies in Science
Adah, I love that resource you posted with the good vs bad science in contemporary science fiction! That could be an interesting project in itself, for older or more science-geared students--have them argue whether or not science in a particular film, book or tv episode is correct or not and justify their answers. What a fun project this could be! Thanks!

Recent Reviews by Jennifer M

Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:24 PM
3 Good Info But Problems With Assessment
The presentation of Newton's laws in this SciPack is excellent! Very hands-on examples that illustrate concepts wonderfully. However, in the assessment section there seems to be some bugs...some of the graphics you click to answer questions simply do not work, which makes passing the assessment very difficult. You can't see what you're doing so it's rather frustrating! Not sure if it's like this on all computers but it's doing that on my Macbook Air.

Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:59 PM
4 Gold Mine
Not only was this a great resource delving into several aspects of Newton's first law, the real-world examples this science object uses are a gold mine for potential lesson plans. I recommend!

Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:05 PM
4 Good Job Describing Concepts
This science object did a very good job making the concepts more concrete and relatable. Some of the questions are difficult but that helps you work through it and learn!

Recent Public Collections by Jennifer M

New Teacher

9 Resources

Off To A Good Start
Type: Book Chapter

Parents As Partners
Type: Book Chapter

Future Lesson Ideas

7 Resources

Formative Assessment Probes: “Doing” Science
Type: Journal Article

Sizing Up the Solar System
Type: Journal Article

Type: User uploaded resource

To the Moon and Back
Type: Journal Article