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Teacher Tip: Intellectual Risk Taking

Posted by Brian Whitney on March 12, 2019

As educators, we are aware that our current students will be redefining knowledge and possibilities in the future, in ways we cannot even imagine! It is our job to create and foster a learning environment where student failures and intellectual risk taking are anticipated and welcomed as vehicles to growth and innovation.  

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Topics: Teacher Tips, comprehension and motivation

Using Extended Vocabulary Instruction

Posted by David Alviar on February 22, 2019

­­­ We all know the importance of language acquisition, but did you know that how you teach students new science vocabulary has an impact on their engagement, depth of understanding, and retention? A critical part of learning science is becoming fluent with the language of science. To do that, students must have experiences that help them make meaning of new terms themselves—not just memorize definitions.  

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Topics: vocabulary, science vocabulary strategies, science vocabulary, Hands on lesson, teaching science, students demonstrate knowledge, learning styles, VARK