Sierra Wayson

I am a pre-service elementary educator, studying at UMBC.



Recent Posts by Sierra

Wed Nov 20, 2019 10:33 AM in Low-stakes Science
Hi all! I am wondering how you demystify science for those students who find it overwhelming or are worried about always doing science the right way.  How do you make science a low-stakes endeavor where students are not worried as about a grade or perfection, but instead are focused on gaining new knowledge? I think especially for anxious students, and girls, we need to be mindful about the wa...

Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:07 PM in Literature lessons
Hi Michelle! A suggestion I have here is that engagement with literature should only add to the lesson - if it feels forced, no one will benefit from it's inclusion.  There are a lot of great nonfiction age-appropriate books for myriad science topics that you can incoporate into your science teaching - I know the fiction options are less plentiful, so that is definitely a struggle.  Maybe just...

Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:51 PM in Kindergarten Recycling Unit
Jesslynn,  Thank you so much for the suggestions and the video link! I truly appreciate it. :) 

Recent Reviews by Sierra

Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:50 PM
5 Helpful Strategies across Grade-Levels
This article is relevant for all K-6 science teachers - the activities are broken up by grade level, which is helpful for creating lessons which include appropriate science activities for all students. It also integrates the 5E instruction model, and connects the activities to science education standards. The activities detailed within the article allow students to conduct research and connects their learning to their daily lives in a meaningful way.

Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:43 PM
4 Great Intro Explainer about Formative Assessment
This article, though short, provides a lot of useful information about formative assessment. It would best be used as someone's introduction to formative assessment, and serves as a guide to understanding the most important details about this type of assessment. It is a quick, comprehendible, and comprehensive article. The author, Keeley, has at least one other article on NSTA about formative assessments, which could be of interest to those who read this article and want to learn more about the topic.

Recent Public Collections by Sierra

Science Shorts: Wind at Work
Type: Journal Article

Breezy Power: From Wind to Energy
Type: Journal Article

Beyond Paper and Pencil Assessments
Type: Journal Article

In Praise of Performance-Based Assessments
Type: Journal Article

623 Unit Plan

6 Resources

Reducing Human Impact on the Environment

Teaching Through Trade Books: Teaching the Three R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Type: Journal Article

Teaching Through Trade Books: Let's Talk Trash
Type: Journal Article