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

Fri Nov 22, 2019 2:00 PM in Classroom management during a science experiment
Hi Lianne!  I'm assuming that by "experiment" you mean any kind of hands-on investigation in science. I would definitely be sure to plan for enough time for students to not only complete the activity, but also time for them to summarize their procedures, organize and reflect on their results, and communicate their findings. Otherwise students may view the activity as just another fun thing to do,...

Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:47 PM in Classroom Enviroment
Hi Allison--   No one seating arrangement is "perfect"—each has advantages and disadvantages, depending on the learning activities. If you use a variety of instructional strategies in your class, you’ll want to use a variety of seating arrangements. For example, students working in pairs, teams, or groups could push their desks or tables together. And there are times when students should work ...

Sat Nov 16, 2019 3:03 PM in Literature lessons
Hi Michelle -- I agree with Sierra that literature should add to the science lesson, rather that be a forced add-on. If you teach at the elementary level, I would recommend that you look at the monthly feature "Teaching with Trade Books" in NSTA's Science and Children Journal. Each month, there are two featured books suitable for K-2 and 3-5 with related lessons designed with the 5E format and ...





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

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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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