Danyelle Hanes

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Recent Posts by Danyelle

Wed Apr 25, 2012 12:34 PM in Exit Project
Kelly, I would be interested to know what you had the students do as their culminating project. I think Carolyn offered a great idea to use a portfolio that the students could work on for the year (or half of the year in your case). I think having a culminating activity that incorporates many content areas, and focuses on the students’ learning over the course would be most beneficial. Instead of ...

Tue Apr 24, 2012 1:11 PM in homework policies
I think Susanne brings up a good point. Assigning a grade to homework may be assigning a grade to someone other than the student. As a pre-service teacher, homework has become one of the areas I have thought about the most. I think homework needs to be meaningful or there is no point in doing it. I think teachers need to assess their own homework to determine why they are giving it, as well as the...

Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:12 AM in Tree Observations
I also really love the idea of observing a tree. Students can have journals for entering text, pictures, and diagrams, which can show the growth, and change of a tree overtime. This can also be incorporated into an interdisciplinary unit by including math or language arts. Students could form their own inquiry questions and perform experiments determining how tall the tree is, how old the tree is,...

Recent Reviews by Danyelle

Sun Jul 03, 2011 7:36 PM
5 How to Teach with Limited Resources
The article is a great way for future teachers and teachers alike to understand how using the technique of stations will help students to gain science inquiry with limited resources. The station approach introduced in the article explains how setting up different multiple intelligence based stations around the room can effectively teach students, review material, as well as keep students on task therefore lessening misbehaviors. The article walked you through some examples of stations using visual, auditory, linguistic, and kinesthetic activities to show that stations can be a great asset in the classroom to differentiate instruction for students. As a future teacher I think this article is a great benefit because it introduces the reader to specific strategies for success such as having only one station requiring teacher involvement, emphasizing the importance of sponge activities, as well as emphasizing the importance for clarifying directions and student responsibilities prior to beginning the lesson. Having the tools for success laid out simply for teachers to implement makes the idea of having many different activities going on at once very attainable.

Sun Jul 03, 2011 7:33 PM
5 The Science of Invention
The article, “Teaching through Trade Books: The Science of Invention,” by Judith Hectman is a great introduction to acknowledge the gender gap that has arisen in the field of science. The article discusses two books that can be used in the classroom for all students to engage their critical thinking through invention. The first book, “What is a Scientist?” by Barbara Lehn discusses how students should understand the process of creating an invention in order to understand that all students can be inventors, not just boys. This book can be used in the classroom by having students create an invention of their own or “add on” to an already created item using the inventing process. The next book discussed in the article is, “Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women,” by Catherine Thimmesh. It aimed at students in grades 4-6 to display that women have a powerful and active role in inventions in history. This can inspire young girls to beat the gender biases and attack their creative skills! The article explains how the book can lead teachers into creating a project that allows students to come up with a creative invention of their own to share with the class