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Differentiating for an "Out of This World" Student

I have one student whose knowledge of Earth and space exceeds the other students in class. I feel like I just keep giving him more work, more extension activities, and I think he is getting frustrated. Do you have any … Continue reading

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Mentoring — A team effort

The most experienced science teacher is retiring this year at the middle school where I am principal. The other five teachers on the science faculty are early in their teaching careers. What are your thoughts on asking an experienced non-science … Continue reading

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Mentoring a colleague

My principal asked me as the science department chair if I could help one of our new teachers. From the beginning, she’s having issues with classroom management and organization. I’m willing to do what I can to help her, and … Continue reading

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Ideas for must-have strategies

I’m mentoring two new science teachers this year, and I want to focus on must-have strategies and effective practices for science. I’m sure they will have their own needs, but, based on your experience, what would be important to include … Continue reading

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Assessments: Part of the learning process

Do you have advice on assessments that would be helpful for sharing with my mentee, a new teacher? —Shirley, Lexington, Kentucky Assessing student learning can (and should) include more than final tests. The process has components before, during, and at … Continue reading

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Should I take a student teacher?

I was asked if I would take a student teacher. This would be my first one. What should I consider in making the decision? —Mark, Queens, New York Your administrator must feel confident in your expertise to ask you to … Continue reading

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Mentoring new teachers

I’ve recently been asked to mentor a new teacher in the science department. I’ve never had this role before. I want to help her, but I don’t want to be too intrusive or judgmental. What should I do? —Erica, Abilene, … Continue reading

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Summer reading

As I head off to the beach next week, along with a few mystery novels, I’m going to pack some of the books I ordered at the NSTA conference last spring, a few back issues of NSTA journals I want … Continue reading

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Mentoring mentors

I’m mentoring a new science teacher. I’ve never done this before, so I’m asking teachers, “What’s the best advice your mentor ever gave you?” -Frank, Clarksville, Tennessee I’m remembering myself as a novice teacher years ago, in a junior high … Continue reading

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