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.

Location

PA

Affiliation

Retooled (not retired) science teacher and administrator

Social Media
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Recent Posts by Mary

Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:03 PM in Science Songs (Lab Rule)
After watching a few of these, perhaps your students could make their own songs! It would certainly give them ownership in the process. -- Mary B

Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:58 PM in Rural vs. Inner-city
Hi Alex -- I taught in a small town/suburban district, and then was part of a team that coordinated a statewide elementary program. In that role, I visited dozens of classrooms: urban, suburban, and rural. So my experience with rural schools was not a day-to-day one. That said, I was able to see the effects of rural poverty on children and their schools across the state. One factor is a lack of r...

Mon Nov 26, 2018 4:42 PM in Appearing Confident as a New Teacher
Hi Jennifer!  You're a student teacher being observed by university professors. Who wouldn't be nervous?? Your observers noted your students' respect, their engagement with the materials, and the fact that you use a variety of instructional stratgies. It sounds like they may be equating nervousness with a lack of confidence. Can you ask them what a confident teacher looks like to them? (I'd be in...





Recent Public Collections by Mary


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
Type: Journal Article
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Early Years: What Other Colors Can Bean Seeds Be?
Type: Journal Article
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Libros de Ciencias en Español (2009)
Type: Journal Article
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Modeling Change With Clay
Type: Journal Article
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