Author Archives: Sharon Delesbore

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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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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Plan Labs with Assessments, School Calendars in Mind

I have written a lab about quarks. The problem is there are no Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) about quarks. The only standards that refer to the nucleus is about protons and neutrons. How can I align my lab with … Continue reading

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Connecting with Students

I’m a first-year high school science teacher seeking desperately the best way to connect with my freshman biology students who are very smart but are not use to being pushed to comprehend a rigorous curriculum. Any suggestions would be greatly … Continue reading

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Working with Your Team

Why must we meet so much as a physics team when I need time alone to prepare for my classes? —M., Indiana Regularly meeting as a collaborative team, department, or content area is extremely beneficial to teachers and, most importantly, … Continue reading

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Rigorous Modelling

My third-grade class created models of plant and animal cells with various items that they found around the house. Many of the kids did a great job, and their projects were very colorful. I brought samples to my Professional Learning … Continue reading

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Making Cooperative Learning Groups Work

How can I keep my students more engaged in their science cooperative learning groups? —A., California Group working must be intentional. Defined roles help students keep one another accountable. They have to see and care that if they do not … Continue reading

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