Shalen Boyer

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Recent Posts by Shalen

Sun Sep 29, 2019 4:53 PM in Late Work
What is your opinion or policy when it comes to late work?  My district requires teachers to deduct 10% off of the total score for each day the assignment is late up to ten days.  However, I feel like this results in scores that do not accurately reflect student knowledge.  For example, if a student scored a 9/10 on the homework, but submitted it three days late their grade in the grade book is a...

Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:36 PM in Density and Atomic Mass
Where does the mass of an object originate?  Is it a combination of the atomic masses that make up the object?  For example, since the atomic mass of a block of copper is less than that of a piece of tin does this mean the tin will have a greater density? I'm attempting to help my middle school students gain a deeper understanding of density.  What about if the object is not a pure substance?  Fo...

Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:06 PM in Assigning Homework in Middle School
I recently tallked to a principal in my region that stated his teachers do not assign a grade to students homework.  They may choose to do (or not do) the work, but each week students take two to three short quizzes over the topics discussed in the homework.  In fact most of the questions on the quizzes come directly from the homework.  These quizzes make up 20% of the total grade with the other ...

Recent Public Collections by Shalen

Teaching for Conceptual Understanding
Type: Journal Article

Using Concept Maps in the Science Classroom
Type: Journal Article

Interactive Notebooks

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“Scientific Writing”—A Course to Improve the Writing of Science Students: Stressing the English Language Component of Scientific Writing
Type: Journal Article

Student-Centered Notebooks
Type: Journal Article