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“How many of you want to become a civil engineer?” Dr. Halil Ceylan asked of a small crowd of 1st-5th graders. Immediately three hands shot up. A small voice in the back asked, “What’s a civil engineer?” Rather than tell my group of Boys and Girls Club children (whom I refer to as my junior scientists, scientists, or kids) what
A few years ago, I interviewed a group of undergraduate women in my local university’s Engineering Technology (ET) program to understand why it had an unsavory reputation for having a very low (1:25) ratio of female-to-male students. As one woman summarized, “It’s usually just that awkward moment when you walk into a class with like 30 guys and they all
“Mom, why is the sky blue?” my young son asked. Throughout their lives, I’ve encouraged my sons to ask questions about the world and to pursue the answers. Today was different, however. Rather than my usual response of, “Let’s ask Google,” I handed the iPhone to my son and answered, “Ask Siri.” Tools like Google, Apple Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and
I’m going to share a bit of background with you before I outline Interactive Spatial Learning (ISL) and how it can help structure your classroom and your teaching. Constructivism As a beginning teacher, I was taught the theory of constructivism. This theory basically means that people learn by constructing meaning from their interactions and experiences with the world and with
A short video overview of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
What are disciplinary core ideas in the Next Gen Science Standards, and what do they mean to your instruction? Here’s a quick overview to help!
An explanation about the crosscutting concepts dimension in the Next Generation Science Standards.
The three dimensions of the standards broken down and used with a metaphor to understand how they work together to make performance standards.
Why do we have the Next Generation Science Standards, and what does it mean for your teaching?
When I decided to form Qi Learning back in April, I knew nothing about business, save for my experiences as a department chair at Fortis