126 From Whole Group To Small Group Learning
Teaching Science In 3D
by Nicole VanTassel & Erin Sadler
5h ago
In this episode, Nicole (iExploreScience) shares a few ideas for moving from whole-group instruction to stations-style, small-group learning. Small group activities create the opportunity to work with students individually, scaffolding and extending learning as needed. Because you can interact on a more personal level, it's a great way to meet students' needs academically while also strengthening student-teacher relationships. Moreover, small group learning keeps all students actively engaged (versus more passive whole-group approaches), reduces "chatter challenges," and as Nicole explains, ju ..read more
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125 A Bell Ringer Approach To Start Class Smoothly
Teaching Science In 3D
by Nicole VanTassel & Erin Sadler
1w ago
What is your start-of-class routine? Is it working? In this episode, Nicole shares her bell-ringer routine -- a transition time that can make-or-break a smooth class experience. She digs into the actual structure of her routine, how she holds students accountable for the tasks, and how she integrates curiosity-building, student-empowering, three-dimensional activities into those first few minutes of class. More Resources:   109 Improving Your Classroom Culture After a Break 111 Rethink Your Classroom Management Plan Now Building Classroom Culture With Respect Agreements (iExploreSc ..read more
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124 Your New Favorite Places To Find Authentic Science Texts Adapted For The Classroom
Teaching Science In 3D
by Nicole VanTassel & Erin Sadler
2w ago
We win any time we can incorporate literacy in science into our daily lessons and activities. One low-prep strategy that I love to use is to ask students to analyze authentic science texts… but let’s be real, those are HARD to understand. Luckily, there are several organizations who do the amazing work at adapting real science work to a student reading level. More Resources:  Three Easy Ways To Support NGSS-Aligned Literacy (iExploreScience) Text Annotation Strategy Guide: Student Key & Rubric (Free Download) Teaching Science in 3D on Instagram & Facebook Explore student-driven ..read more
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123 Teaching Text Annotations - Your New Favorite Literacy Strategy
Teaching Science In 3D
by Nicole VanTassel & Erin Sadler
3w ago
In this episode, Nicole shares how she teaches students to annotate texts, a strategy they can pair with any reading task in the science classroom. Text annotations increase student engagement and comprehension when working with science texts, and they provide the educator a better peek into student understanding of text-based tasks. Plus, text annotations make for a simple, low-prep substitute plan. But of course, you have to teach students the art of annotating texts, and in this episode, you'll get Nicole's step-by-step strategy to build student competence in this life-long learning skill ..read more
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122 Rethinking THAT Class - What To Do When Classes Feel Like A Challenge
Teaching Science In 3D
by Nicole VanTassel & Erin Sadler
1M ago
In this episode, Nicole shares her personal reflections on the "labels" we may (inadvertently) assign to classes and how that can impact our relationships, classroom culture, and teaching practice. She shares how this label developed with student block in her own classroom and what she is doing to "rethink and reset" her experiences with this group of students in order to bring more joy and ease back into their work of learning. More Resources:  Join The iExploreScience Weekly Newsletter 91 The Importance of Building Relationships in the Science Classroom S1 E13: How to Use Relationship ..read more
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121 Establishing A Positive Classroom Culture With Respect Agreements
Teaching Science In 3D
by Nicole VanTassel & Erin Sadler
2M ago
In this episode, Nicole (iExploreScience) shares how she has used respect agreements to establish a positive classroom culture and prevent (and address) behavior challenges within her classroom. What are respect agreements? In short, respect agreements are an effective classroom management strategy that create a stronger community culture than top-down rules and consequences. Through the agreement development process, all students are given a voice in the establishment of our classroom norms and are therefore held more easily accountable to adhering to them. More Resources:  Amplify Au ..read more
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Spring 2022 Update - What's Happening Next?
Teaching Science In 3D
by Nicole VanTassel & Erin Sadler
2M ago
Wonder where we have been?  Listen to this quick update to find out about the next episode of the podcast.    We would love to answer your questions on the podcast.   Please submit them at teachingsciencein3d.com/quesitons.   Are you looking for a quick, easy and FREE way to improve your lessons?  Download Erin's 3D Lesson Planner.  Then, all you have to do is write down what you are already doing in class.  Then, she will send you instructions for EASY next steps.   Click here to grab this FREE download.  Support your own and your studen ..read more
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120 Informal Writing In Science Class
Teaching Science In 3D
by Nicole VanTassel & Erin Sadler
3M ago
Incorporating informal writing opportunities in your classroom can improve student understanding of the scientific content while building student confidence in their ability to communicate in writing.  This episode explores some ways to support student writing and some quick and easy task formats to bring more writing into your science classroom. Additional Resources Are you looking for a quick, easy and FREE way to improve your lessons?  Download Erin's 3D Lesson Planner.  Then, all you have to do is write down what you are already doing in class.  Then, she will send yo ..read more
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119 The Best Strategies for Teaching Science Vocab
Teaching Science In 3D
by Nicole VanTassel & Erin Sadler
3M ago
Way back in episode 19, Nicole discussed why you shouldn't front-load science vocabulary.    This is one of our most popular episodes.  So,  we decided to bring you more practical strategies and activities for teaching Science Vocabulary.  If you haven't already, check out episode 19 first.   Are you looking for a quick, easy and FREE way to improve your lessons?  Download Erin's 3D Lesson Planner.  Then, all you have to do is write down what you are already doing in class.  Then, she will send you instructions for EASY next steps.   Click ..read more
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118 Bringing Nature Journals Into Your 3D Teaching
Teaching Science In 3D
by Nicole VanTassel & Erin Sadler
3M ago
In this episode, Nicole VanTassel of iExploreScience interviews Sarah Suloff, a life science/biology teacher with a passion for and expertise in using nature journaling in the classroom. She shares why you may want to consider bringing nature journaling into your classes, her experience doing so, and some practical tips and tricks to get started. If you would like to follow up with Sarah, you can find her at https://www.instagram.com/sarah.lynn.science/ --- and please share your experiences with nature journaling with us, whether you're a veteran or just giving it a go! <3 Other Resources ..read more
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