Author Archives: Josie Coffey

How YOU Can Foster Resilient Learners in Your Classroom?

In the book, “Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a trauma-Sensitive Classroom,” by Kristen Souers and Pete Hall, is all about a growing issue– childhood trauma, and the effects that is has on both learning and teaching. Souers and Hall … Continue reading

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From Misconceptions to Comprehension

What are Misconceptions? Growing up, there were a few things that I had thought I knew for certain, like… Venous blood is blue The North Star is the brightest in the sky Lightning never strikes the same place twice Just … Continue reading

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How Can I Make Thinking Visible in My Science Classroom?

There’s many ways that as a teacher, you can incorporate visible thinking in your classroom. But another question you might be asking yourself is why should you be making thinking visible. Here’s a few reasons for why we should make … Continue reading

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Cost-Effective Engagement for Young Scientists

There’s many benefits that come out of keeping your students engaged, such as an increase in attention and focus, higher motivation to practice critical thinking skills, and encourages a significant learning experience. However, keeping your students engaged doesn’t have to … Continue reading

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Encouraging Minorities in STEM

What is STEM? STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. According to National Science Teachers Association, STEM is an “interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and … Continue reading

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How Can I DRIVE My Students?

In Daniel H. Pinks book, “DRIVE,” Pink shows us that much of what we know about motivation is actually wrong. Pink addresses that tasks are either algorithmic or heuristic, and that the carrot and stick approach. All of this to … Continue reading

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Racing to The Margins

What are the margins? Merriam-Webster’s definition of “margin” is. “the part of a page or sheet outside of the main body of printed or written matter.” This definition fits perfectly with what it means to teach in the margins. Teaching … Continue reading

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Ensuring an Exemplary Classroom

Exemplary Science Teaching– what is it and how do we know what it is? When you think of a traditional classroom, what is it you think about? For most of us, we might use some of these descriptions based off … Continue reading

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