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
Twitter
@tramaire
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Recent Posts by Mary

Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:54 PM in Tinkering Benefits in the Classroom
Hi Alexis -- I love the idea of "tinkering" too! Here is a thought, based on a professional development project I was in but could easily be adapted for students. Each team of 3-4 teachers received a box of common materials (rubber bands, a cork, craft sticks, plastic bottles, balloons, paper clips, marbles, wooden blocks, tape, and more). General supplies were available (gluesticks, rulers, a st...

Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:48 PM in Elementary Science Activities
Hi Jennifer --  It's not hard to catch students' attention with Earth and Space science. Almost everyday, there is a news article that connects E&S with reality: Climate change, weather patterns, severe storms, NASA launches, etc. I found that having an essential question or theme for the unit makes it easier to connect students with events or phenomena. And, rather than present an activity as so...

Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:02 PM in Interview Do's and Don'ts
Hi Ryan!  This is from a Mentor blog I wrote for NSTA. -- Mary B.   Do some exploring before the interview in case you're asked what you know about the school or community. Look for nearby science-related resources (parks, museums, nature centers, etc.). Learn a little about the history of the community and what it's famous for. Visit the school's website to learn about the school culture, facil...





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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