Author Archives: Sharon Delesbore

Too Soon?

     The COVID-19 pandemic has derailed our country’s financial and educational institutions seemingly overnight. Its impact varies across the nation. Some people are losing their lives, while others are recovering from the virus; some are losing jobs, while the … Continue reading

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Celebrating 50 Years of Earth Day!

What can I do with my students during Earth Day on April 22, 2020, as this pandemic continues? -T., MN This year, 2020, marks 50 years of the Earth Day (https://www.earthday.org/) movement. It is important for students to understand why … Continue reading

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Solo Situation

I am a middle school science teacher struggling during this “new normal.” How am I supposed to create all of these online lessons when I am the only person in my building teaching certain specific science classes? —M., IA So … Continue reading

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Stay F.I.T.

Between school closures and near-constant news coverage of the coronavirus, I’m sure many of you are just as stressed as I am. My running joke about a school with no kids is a dismal reality across the United States. Educators, … Continue reading

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Presenting to Peers

Professional development can be boring at times, but I don’t really think my colleagues would be receptive to what I say since I teach science. —R., Wisconsin Please know that you are a valuable resource to your colleagues. We need … Continue reading

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Multicultural Scientific Contributions Matter Every Day

February is designated as Black History Month. Why is this the only time that black inventors and scientists are recognized?—Tammy, Alabama It is important to expose students to the many significant accomplishments that black scientists and inventors have contributed to … Continue reading

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Are They Getting It?

As I continue to teach my science class, I often wonder throughout my unit if the students are really grasping the concepts. How do I know my students are getting it? Don, New York This should be the question at … Continue reading

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The Relevance of Science Fair

I love science fair but is it still practical? Rosa, TX Science fair provides our students the opportunity to apply scientific processes to problems or questions that interest them. Students performing science is the greatest achievement for teachers of science … Continue reading

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Developing Risk-Taking Students

I want my students to “take risks” when learning but I am not sure how to start. Alicia, Mississippi We must deliver science content differently by modeling for our students that risk-taking is encouraged in the classroom. You can encourage … Continue reading

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Building Student Ownership

I teach advanced science courses. Many of my students see school as a competition so they just want the correct answers to study for a good grade. How do I help build student ownership for learning in my science classroom? … Continue reading

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