Lisa Mitchell

I am currently a middle school science educator who believes students should be actively engaged in their own learning. For the past 4+ years, I have been constructing my understanding and use of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and creating hands-on learning experiences for my students. As a result, I have created inquiry based curricula that incorporate STEM projects, lab activities, and the science/engineering practices of the NGSS. Through reflection and revision of lessons, I encourage my students to investigate the world in which we live and to explore how it works. My goal is to collaborate with like-minded educators as I continue to grow my experience and understanding of STEM education and NGSS.



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Recent Posts by Lisa

Tue May 29, 2018 3:40 PM in Project or Problem based learning in Middle School Science
Hello James...I have heard of Gizmos and Gadgets but I thought that referred to small, programmable robots or something...not a book! Your description of the air pressure activities and approaching the phenomenon from different angles does sound interesting though. I will have to check it out! Thank you for sharing the information and the link! Lisa

Tue May 29, 2018 3:38 PM in Different levels of understanding
Mary...I LOVE the idea of debriefing students to learn what strategies worked/did not work. That is something that can be done at any grade level! Thank you for sharing that idea! Lisa

Tue May 22, 2018 10:08 PM in Project or Problem based learning in Middle School Science
Hello...My district is moving towards PBL in all core classes and some electives. I currently teach 6th grade Middle School Science using NGSS. I have been experimenting with Phenomena based inquiry which is similar to PBL but I haven't quite mastered that yet so I'm nervous about transitioning towards PBL.  The main issue I have with phenomena based inquiry is my own adherence to the phenomen...