Follow a new teacher as she works with mentors to improve her skills in two weeks. Students discover different ecosystems inside and outside of the classroom. Join a science teacher as she introduces a dichotomous key to identify species. See how the abstract concept of density becomes concrete in a hands-on lesson. A differentiated instruction expert offers strategies to a new teacher. Aiming for Excellence - Time Management in 7th Grade Science - Ms. Shawn is a new teacher, but lucky to have coaches and mentors at her school site. Dr. Royce visits to evaluate one of Ms. Shawn's lessons. Her coach works with her over the course of two weeks before Dr. Royce returns to see a second lesson. See the growth in Ms. Shawn's instruction in just two weeks. Great Lesson Ideas - Exploring Garden Ecosystems - Molly Reed coaches her students through an exploration of garden ecosystems. Students work in groups moving through multiple stations. Ms. Reed also gives advice on adapting this lesson to an in-classroom environment. Great Lesson Ideas - Dichotomous Key - Mrs. Crowell takes her 2nd and 3rd graders on a nature walk where they use a dichotomous key to identify different species they encounter. This lesson shows a simple way to take students out on a walk and teach them how to identify species, no matter where they are. Great Lesson Ideas - Density - Kent Treadgold's 7th grade science class uses a hands-on project to learn the abstract concept of density. They measure the mass and volume of different cylinders, create their own computerized spreadsheets for data, and enter the formula to calculate density. By the end of the project, they're able to conclude on their own that density will not change as the shape and size of an object changes, as long as the material it's made of stays the same. New Teacher Survival Guide - Differentiating Instruction - New teacher Laura Gurick meets with differentiated instruction expert Rick Wormeli to learn some new strategies. They discuss the importance of ongoing accurate assessment, scaffolding, and tiering. See what happens when Laura takes what she's learned and tries it out in her own class.
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