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Joanna Haigh

K12Science

Release Date: 11/28/2023

Building Quality Science Instruction show art Building Quality Science Instruction

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I was recently reading a WestEd blog post on the Next Gen Science website, dated January 10, 2024. In this blog, I read the post “Seeing is Believing: Building a Shared Vision of Quality Science Instruction.”  It was written by Vanessa Wolbrink. In the years following the adoption of new science standards, states and districts must begin to navigate the complexities of transitioning to new learning goals — including updating instructional materials, professional learning, course descriptions and requirements, and assessments.  In order to determine what changes are needed and...

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Great Backyard Bird Count 2024 show art Great Backyard Bird Count 2024

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I was recently visiting the Cornell Labs website.  While visiting the site I was reminded of the upcoming Great Backyard Bird Count. The Great Backyard Bird Count takes place February 16-19, 2024.  During this time you are encouraged to observe birds for at least 15 minutes and then report the data.  You can observe for longer than 15 minutes and for more than one day.  To learn about how to identify birds and how to submit data, please visit:

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Clouds and the Middle School NGSS show art Clouds and the Middle School NGSS

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I was recently reading a community blog post on the GLOBE website, dated January 18, 2024. In this blog, I read the post “GLOBE Clouds and NGSS (Elementary and Middle School.”  It was posted by Marile Colon Robles. A new resource is now available created by GLOBE educator Mr. Roger Rose as part of his NASA internship in 2023 titled, GLOBE Atmosphere Clouds and NGSS.  This document compares portions of the clouds protocol to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for elementary and middle school with tips and resources to use in the classroom.  To view this blog post,...

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Science Fair: The Series show art Science Fair: The Series

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I was recently reading the December 11, 2023 issue of “Forbes” magazine. In this issue, I read the article “Bright Minds, Big Innovations: Exploring ’Science Fair: The Series’.”  It was written by Tony Bradley. “Science Fair: The Series,” National Geographic’s latest documentary series, is a deep dive into the world of young scientific minds, capturing their journey through the highly competitive International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).  It is available to stream on Hulu and Disney+.  This documentary series is a must-watch for anyone interested in...

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Science Olympiad show art Science Olympiad

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I was recently reading the September-October, 2023 issue of “Connected Science Learning,” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the article “40 Years of Inspiring Students to Explore STEM: What has Science Olympiad Learned?”  It was written by John F. Loehr and Jenny Kopach. In May 2024, Science Olympiad will celebrate the 40th Annual Science Olympiad National Tournament at Michigan State University.  The Olympiad has been successful over these 40 years because it has demonstrated the following four factors: Recognition -...

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International Space Station show art International Space Station

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K12Science Podcast:  International Space Station   I was recently reading the October, 2023 special issue of USA Today, entitled, “NASA at 65.” In this issue, I read the article “25 Years Up There: International Space Station Operators are Preparing for the Outpost’s Demise.” 25 years ago, the first two elements of the International Space Station were connected by shuttle astronauts.  After 2030, NASA will need to bring the space station out of orbit.

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Two More of the Best Science Books of 2023 show art Two More of the Best Science Books of 2023

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I was recently reading the December 7, 2023 issue of “Smithsonian” magazine. In this issue, I read the article “The Ten Best Science Books of 2023” written by Bridget Alex, Riley Black, Dan Falk, Shi En Kim, Carlyn Kranking, and Joe Spring.  In the article they shared their top nonfiction science titles from the past year, selected by “Smithsonian” magazine’s editors and frequent contributors. In our last podcast, I shared the reviews of two of the top ten books.  In today’s podcast, we will look at the reviews of two more books from the list: Crossings: How Road...

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The Best Science Books of 2023 show art The Best Science Books of 2023

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I was recently reading the December 7, 2023 issue of “Smithsonian” magazine. In this issue, I read the article “The Ten Best Science Books of 2023” written by Bridget Alex, Riley Black, Dan Falk, Shi En Kim, Carlyn Kranking, and Joe Spring.  In the article they shared their top nonfiction science titles from the past year, selected by “Smithsonian” magazine’s editors and frequent contributors.  In this podcast, we look at two of their selections: “Fire Weather: A True Story From a Hotter World” by John Vaillant “Of Time and Turtles: Mending the World, Shell by...

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Acoustician show art Acoustician

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I was recently reading the Fall, 2023 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the section “Career of the Month” written by Luba Vangelova.  In this section, she focused on the career of an acoustician. An acoustician is an expert in the branch of physics concerned with the properties of sound.  Tony Hoover is an acoustician and recommends interested students to have a great understanding of acoustics, which is an interdisciplinary field that involves a lot of physics, math, and engineering. 

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Teaching Outdoors show art Teaching Outdoors

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I was recently reading the Fall, 2023 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the section, “Practical Research” written by Samantha Lindgren, Meghan McCleary, Susan Gasper, Amanda Nieves, Kara Stengren, and Amira Shabana. They wrote an article entitled, “Outdoor Teaching and Learning in Natural Spaces and Outdoor Classrooms.” When we consider topics like climate change and the complex impacts it has on our students’ futures, learning in outdoor spaces and using the natural environment as a primary learning...

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I was recently reading the Fall, 2023 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association. 

In this issue, I read the article “The Use of Storytelling to Model NGSS Science and Engineering Practices” written by Adrienne Larocque and Anna Babarinde.

An important strand of three-dimensional learning in the Next Generation Science Standards is science and engineering practices.  These practices replace the oversimplified “scientific method” often presented in science textbooks that bears little resemblance to actual scientific research. It requires time and effort to research and prepare accounts about people who model the Scientific and Engineering Practices.  Joanna Haigh is one of those people.