Shift Happens: Tips for shifting to a student-centered classroom

So, you want to shift your classroom to be more student-centered. Research shows that inquiry learning, a more student-centered approach to instruction, has many positive benefits across subject areas. While the payoffs may be plentiful, this change doesn’t happen overnight; students and teachers have to adapt to a new way of existing in the classroom. …

Women in Science Spotlight: Dr. Shelly Jones

Shelly Jones, Ph.D. is a Professor of Mathematics Education, at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT.  Currently, Dr. Jones teaches undergraduate mathematics content and methods courses for pre-service teachers as well as graduate level mathematics content, curriculum and STEM courses for in-service teachers. Dr. Jones provides mathematics professional development locally, nationally and internationally. She …

Is My Science Classroom Biased?

This is the first in a year-long series of blogs about the Nature of Science and Culture in the Classroom. We have just celebrated the birthday of Abraham Lincoln and the chosen birthday of Frederick Douglass and we are in the midst of Black History Month for 2021. In honor of Black History Month, I …

Take 10: Growth Mindset

Welcome to Take 10 – a launch for powerful professional learning in just ten minutes designed to meet the needs of professional learning communities remotely. Our purpose is to provide you with some ideas that you can explore further on your own or in a professional learning community. In this Take 10, we explore our …

The School/Workforce Connection: How are industries changing?

It’s no secret that the workforce is changing. It seems like every week or so you hear about a new way to automate a process or you might experience a new technology to quicken your trip at the grocery store, and to some, this can be very stressful.  We hear that machines are taking over …

The Importance of Science in Out of School Time

Kids are in school for only a quarter of their day, and only a small portion of that time is devoted to Science and STEM related learning, particularly in the early grades. But it is clear that the skills needed for our evolving workforce are increasingly STEM related. Out of school time learning is crucial …

Modeling a Growth Mindset During the Pandemic

As educators, we believe in the kids in our classrooms. We push them. We cheer them on. We know they can do it and we do our best to convince them to share that belief. We may even talk to them about the importance of a growth mindset – the idea that intelligence is malleable, …

Take 10: Inquiry Through Play

Last month we shared with you a post written by one of our professional learning specialists about the use of inquiry at home to learn science. As a continuation of that conversation, he is an article highlighting the importance of Play on inquiry. This is helpful for those of you on double time with kids …