Mary Bigelow

I was a secondary science teacher for 27 years and then moved to a curriculum/PD position at a regional service agency, where I worked with several math/science partnerships. I currently blog for NSTA (including doing Ms Mentor for several years) and am a webwatcher for the SciLinks project. I am the coauthor of "Rise and Shine: A Practical Guide for the Beginning Science Teacher." I am an avid birdwatcher, too, and I volunteer at Wildwood Part and Nature Center in Harrisburg, PA,

Location

PA

Affiliation

Retooled (not retired) science teacher and administrator

Social Media
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Recent Posts by Mary

Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:12 PM in Space Race questions
Hi Kimberly -- I think you answered your own question! An essential question could be "Why were the US and the USSR competing rather than cooperating in space exploration?" This would integrate historial and political events with the science. -- Mary B

Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:09 PM in Lesson Plan Modification
Hi Grecia! -- Geography is a natural for integrating with science, especially in ecology or environmental science. Having pull-down or smart board maps provides a quick way to enhance a lesson. Ask students to find or identify places related to the topic (countries, mountain ranges, etc.) In college I had a course in human geography--why people live where they do and how they adapt. It sounded so...

Sat Nov 09, 2019 3:59 PM in Controling the speed of the lesson
Hi Sarah -- As you get to know your students better and get a sense of the class dynamics, you'll be able to pace the lessons. One thing that might help is a brief survey: thumbs up if you understand, down if you don't. and sideways if you need more help. This can give you info on whether to review concepts, provide more information, or progress with the lesson. If you ask "Does anyone have any q...





Recent Public Collections by Mary


Seasons

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Teaching through Trade Books: Seeing the Seasons
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Teaching Through Trade Books: Seasons by the Sun
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Science & Children Lessons - Teaching with Trade Books

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A collection of articles from recent issues.



Teaching Through Trade Books: The Tool and Eye
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Teaching Through Trade Books: Animal Parents and Their Offspring
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Science & Children Lessons - The Early Years

9 Resources

A collection of articles from recent issues.



The Early Years: Experiencing Inquiry
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Early Years: What Other Colors Can Bean Seeds Be?
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