Category Archives: Ask a Mentor

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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Food for Thought

I recently came across an activity where a spinal cord was represented using candy.  I can only imagine how excited the students must feel while completing this project, but I am wondering if it truly led to a better understanding … Continue reading

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Wordsmithing

How do you keep students from losing attention when you’re teaching difficult science terminology? —M., Iowa Regardless of the grade, you should approach science vocabulary just like teaching another language. It is very important that you teach new words in … Continue reading

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Mole Hills Out of Mountains

I would like to find some time-efficient way to have students share their learning or their observations with me (individually) without having to take in two classes of science notebooks. —J., Ohio “School should not be a place where young … Continue reading

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Branches and STEM

I want to know if there are ways to incorporate [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)] into more or all subjects? How would a teacher begin to integrate English or social studies with STEM? —M, Arkansas Children do not come … 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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Privacy and Social Media

I use social media but I am not sure of the best way to incorporate it into teaching. Do the rules for student confidentiality vary from school to school, and is it best to create a page focused entirely for … Continue reading

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