Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

STAAR Stuff: Supplemental Aids for Science

What are supplemental aids? Supplemental aids are paper-based resources that assist a student in recalling information and concepts taught in class. Who can use supplemental aids? To be eligible to use supplemental aids on a state assessment, the stude…

STEM: Bringing Engineering into the Science Classroom

AUTHOR: Shawna Wiebusch, Secondary Science Education Specialist Science courses are often grouped into the category of STEM, including in the STEM endorsement for graduation from Texas public schools. Science teachers attest to the value of math in the field of science and many have embraced the accuracy, precision, and increased student engagement that technology brings […]

Early Childhood Summer PD Opportunities

Free tree ID and mapping activity at Little Walnut Creek Park Saturday, April 23rd

TreeFolks Austin Tree Map is a collaborative community project to map Austin’s urban forest. Everyone from kids to foresters can contribute valuable information about Austin’s trees and share stories about their favorite trees with their community. TreeFolks Austin Tree Map was launched in 2015 with grants funded by The City of Austin’s Urban Forest Grant […]

The 5E Model: Does it still relate to cognitive principles for the current classroom?

AUTHOR: Cynthia Holcomb, Education Specialist: Elementary Science The 5E Model, originally designed for science instruction, describes a teaching sequence for specific units and individual lessons. The Biological Science Curriculum Study, a team led by Principal Investigator Roger Bybee, developed an instructional model for constructivism using the terms Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate in 1987. […]

Teaching Science in the Early Childhood Classroom

AUTHOR: Aliza Rivera, Early Childhood Specialist I can remember when the idea of teaching science to a room full of 4 year-olds terrified me. My fear often led to science activities that were either “safe,” not messy, or often underdeveloped. Students tended to overlook my science center and it was not utilized enough by my […]

Seaperch is recruiting volunteers for 80+ teams 1-day Underwater Robotics Competition

Seaperch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting. Students build the ROV from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a […]

Interested in More Science Activities?

Are you a PreK-2 Teacher who would like to add more science ideas to your teacher toolbox? Mini-CAST has just what you’re looking for! Join us for the Central Texas mini-CAST— a one-day conference FOR Science Teachers BY Science Teachers! The day will be packed with sessions and options for science teachers of all grade […]

What If? Whiteboard Scenarios in Science Education

AUTHOR: Shawna Wiebusch, Secondary Science Education Specialist One of our tasks as science teachers is to teach students about inquiry, patterns, and causality. The TEKS, across many grade levels, call for students to analyze, evaluate, make inferences, predict trends, and to critique scientific explanations. They also expect students to communicate scientific findings and explore the […]

Secondary Science Updates!

 TRC District Planning Meeting Grant Cycle 2016-2017 FA1533510 December 8th, 2015 1 pm – 4 pm Come join us to discuss and influence the TRC Collaborative Grant at Region 13 next year.  The science focus will be Middle School Earth and Space Science. Participating teachers and coaches will receive free PD and resources for their […]

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