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Girls Speak Out
Today, over 115 million children have never set foot inside a school. The fact is that for children living in developing countries, the dream of a first day of school is yet to be realized. The daily realities of poverty, political instability, regional conflict, geography, and cultural or traditional values all play a role to varying degrees -- and the issue of gender disparity makes this fact even more staggering. Full and equal access to education (Article 26) as outlined in the 'Universal De
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Essential Science for Teachers: Earth and Space Science
In-depth interviews with children that uncover their ideas about the topic at hand.,The interview probes to find out prerequisite ideas about how mountains formed before probing for more sophisticated ideas about plate movement. The student shows she has some idea of the involvement of volcanoes and earthquakes but further probing reveals a limited understanding of their role.
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Essential Science for Teachers: Earth and Space Science
In-depth interviews with children that uncover their ideas about the topic at hand.,The interview probes to find out prerequisite ideas about how mountains formed before probing for more sophisticated ideas about plate movement. The student shows she has some idea of the involvement of volcanoes and earthquakes but further probing reveals a limited understanding of their role.
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Essential Science for Teachers: Earth and Space Science
In-depth interviews with children that uncover their ideas about the topic at hand.,The interviewer is trying to find out the students' ideas about how moutains and volcanoes form. The student demonstrates her thinking by pushing 2 sheets of paper together, showing her ideas about uplifting of mountains. She seems to have a basic notion of plates and what happens when plates collide although it is too simplistic for the benchmark.
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Essential Science for Teachers: Earth and Space Science
In-depth interviews with children that uncover their ideas about the topic at hand.,The interviewer is trying to find out the students' ideas about how moutains and volcanoes form. The student demonstrates her thinking by pushing 2 sheets of paper together, showing her ideas about uplifting of mountains. She seems to have a basic notion of plates and what happens when plates collide although it is too simplistic for the benchmark.
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Essential Science for Teachers: Physical Science Session 3. Physical Changes and Conservation of Mat
What happens when sugar is dissolved in a glass of water or when a pot of water on the stove boils away? Do things ever really "disappear"? In everyday life, observations that things "disappear" or "appear" seem to contradict one of the fundamental laws of nature: matter can be neither created nor destroyed. In this session, participants learn how the principles of the particle model are consistent with conservation of matter.,In this segment the interviewer asks the student to draw and explain
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Essential Science for Teachers: Physical Science Session 3. Physical Changes and Conservation of Mat
What happens when sugar is dissolved in a glass of water or when a pot of water on the stove boils away? Do things ever really "disappear"? In everyday life, observations that things "disappear" or "appear" seem to contradict one of the fundamental laws of nature: matter can be neither created nor destroyed. In this session, participants learn how the principles of the particle model are consistent with conservation of matter.,The segment shows the interviewer trying to find out the student's id
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Essential Science for Teachers: Physical Science
In-depth interviews with children that uncover their ideas about the topic at hand.,This segment provides an example of a student explaining evaporation.
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Hitler's Germany
Hitler's Germany, or from here on out referred to as 'The Third Reich', is a course that will familiarize the student with key themes in the current historical literature involving the subject. The course breaks down to several weeks of discussion held on the main page and a paper that each student will complete on a topic of their choosing, which will then be critiqued by the class for its merit and historical content. The student taking this class will hopefully walk away with a greater unders
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In-depth interviews with children that uncover their ideas about the topic at hand.,In this segment the interviewer is using questions to help guide the student's thinking about the difference in age between two mountains. He encourages her to look at her own drawing and compare what she has drawn to a representation of two mountains encountered earlier. The student changes her idea about which mountain is older by connecting the explanation she used in her own drawing to the representations use
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Essential Science for Teachers: Physical Science: Session 2. The Particle Nature of Matter: Solids,
In-depth interviews with children that uncover their ideas about the topic at hand.,The interviewer probes to find out if the student thinks atoms in a gas move. The student has the idea that gas atoms move freely but is limited by a model in which there are no boundaries. When presented with the phenomenon of air in a sealed bag, the student says they would stop because of the boundary. The student goes on to reason by use of an analogy that at recess time when you are free to go where ever you
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Essential Science for Teachers: Physical Science: Session 2. The Particle Nature of Matter: Solids,
In-depth interviews with children that uncover their ideas about the topic at hand.,This segment provides an example of probing questions and phenomena used to elicit the student's ideas about motion of particles in a liquid. The student has several ideas about why the particles move including bubbles that popped, pressure, "commotion," waves, etc. but seems to lack the idea that the particles in a liquid have greater energy, hence more motion. The interviewer probes further to find out if the s
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Essential Science for Teachers: Earth and Space Science
In-depth interviews with children that uncover their ideas about the topic at hand.,The segment shows the interviewer providing the student with a sample of sand and asking her what it is. When she correctly identifies it as sand, he continues to ask questions which show that she has the prior knowledge that sand comes from rock and that it is made up of tiny pieces of rock.
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Essential Science for Teachers: Earth and Space Science
In-depth interviews with children that uncover their ideas about the topic at hand.,This segment shows examples of probes used to elicit ideas about the wearing down of mountains and how the appearance of a mountain is an indication of its age. The interviewer uses a series of questions to elicit explanations of why the two pictures of mountains are different and when the student uses terms like "worn down," he probes further to find out what she means by that, eliciting ideas about weathering.
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Essential Science for Teachers: Physical Science: Session 2. The Particle Nature of Matter: Solids,
In-depth interviews with children that uncover their ideas about the topic at hand.,In this segment the student is using his ideas about the properties of an object or material (piece of aluminum foil) to describe its physical properties (color, size, texture, luster, strength). The second part of the benchmark is addressed.
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Otis Ben Maltz Gallery: MAKE:CRAFT
MAKE:CRAFT is a survey of artists who combine hand making and building techniques to create, engineer and hack unique, mostly functional devices, objects, machines and accessories; making either a social/political statement, creating new markets for individual styled products, or creating inventive ways to experience the tactile world, non-virtual, the "real."
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Essential Science for Teachers: Physical Science: Session 2. The Particle Nature of Matter: Solids,
In-depth interviews with children that uncover their ideas about the topic at hand.,In this segment the interviewer is trying to find out the student's ideas about what would happen if you kept dividing a piece of aluminum foil. Would you eventually get down to an atom? The segment shows that the student understands the idea of very small parts made up of atoms but may have difficulty accepting the idea that a material like aluminum foil can ultimately be divided and end up with a single atom. W
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Essential Science for Teachers: Life Science: Session 5. Variation, Adaptation, and Natural Selectio
What causes variation among a population of living things? How can variation in one generation influence the next generation? In this session, variation in a population will be examined as the “raw material” upon which natural selection acts.,Students use B. rappa to study plant variation in height. The questions posed to students are, "What causes the variation in plant height? What are some advantages of tall and short plants?" The students collect data and look at the mean, mode, etc.
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Science in Focus: Force and Motion: Workshop 7. The Lure of Magnetism
What is the difference between a permanent magnet and an electromagnet? In this workshop, fourth-grade students build an electromagnet by winding a wire around a rivet and attaching the ends to battery terminals. The students first predict how many washers they can pick up with the help of their electromagnet and then perform the experiment to test their predictions. After the number of washers is recorded and the results are discussed, the students engage in a group discussion about practical u
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Private Universe Project in Mathematics: Workshop 5. Building on Useful Ideas
One of the strands of the Rutgers long-term study was to find out how useful ideas spread through a community of learners and evolve over time. Here, the focus is on the teacher’s role in fostering thoughtful mathematics.,Englewood, NJ — Fourth Grade: Towers Fourth-grade teacher Blanche Young attempts the Towers activity for the first time with her students. She feels that their work is valuable, but questions how much time these open-ended activities are taking away from the standard curricul
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