Learning about Climate Change: Conventional Teaching is not up to the Challenge – by Stan Kozak

Climate change is a challenge for the entire world, and it may present formal education with its greatest challenge. How do teachers teach about a long-term problem that is evolving rapidly and changing the environment in real time? Continue reading

Math & Science…A New Context Isn’t a New Problem: Strategies to Help Students Transfer Skills

Author: Tasha Richardson, Teacher – TDSB, @tadric3EM

As a physics teacher, I have always been very interested in students’ abilities to apply previously learned mathematical skills in the classroom. Continue reading

Particle Pictures Activity: An aid for teaching for understanding

 

A large part of students’ misunderstandings in chemistry arises because students literally don’t see what we’re talking about. They can’t convert our words into concrete representations. Continue reading

Tyler DeWitt: Hey science teachers — make it fun

High school science teacher Tyler DeWitt was ecstatic about a lesson plan on bacteria (how cool!) — and devastated when his students hated it. The problem was the textbook: it was impossible to understand. He delivers a rousing call for science teachers to ditch the jargon and extreme precision, and instead make science sing through stories and demonstrations. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)

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TeachOntario Talks: Using a Learner-Centred Cla… | TeachOntario

In this installment of the TeachOntario Talks, we are profiling and celebrating the work of secondary teacher Kendra Spira and her colleagues at Erin District High School in the Upper Grand District School Board. Spira has created a learner-centred classroom that uses technology tools to help deepen student learning. With only about 500 students, Erin District High School may be small in stature, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in caliber. The school is one of the Upper Grand District School Board’s leading schools, ranked in the top 10% of Ontario secondary schools in the Fraser Institute School Rankings. This is due, in part, to the sheer scope of programs it offers, from a champion athletics program, to a renowned French Immersion program, to a thriving Drama department, to a plethora of clubs and activities for students to join.

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