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Q & A Collections: Teaching Math & Science

By Larry Ferlazzo — August 28, 2015 2 min read

I’ll begin posting new questions and answers in mid-September, and during the summer will be sharing thematic posts bringing together responses on similar topics from the past four years. You can see all those collections from the first three years here.

Today’s theme - the sixteenth one in this summer series - is on Teaching Math & Science.

Previous updated thematic collections are:

Classroom Management

Student Motivation

Implementing The Common Core

The Best Ways To Begin & End The School Year

Teaching Social Studies

Project-Based Learning

Brain-Based Learning

Using Tech In The Classroom

Parent Engagement In Schools

Teaching English Language Learners

Student Assessment

Teaching Reading & Writing

Education Policy Issues

Differentiating Instruction

Author Interviews

You can see the list of Teaching Math & Science posts following this excerpt from one of them:

From 2014/15

Response: With 3D Printers, ‘You’re Only Limited By Your Imagination!’

Laura Blankenship, David Malpica, David Thornburg, and Terry Graff have contributed commentaries on the role of 3D Printers in The Maker Movement.

Effective Math Instructional Strategies - Part Two

Leslie Texas, Tammy Jones and Denise Flick share their thoughts on math instruction, as do a number of readers.

Ways To Teach Math Besides ‘Drill The Skill’

Anne Collins, Sue O’Connell, Alexandra Mattis and José Luis Vilson share their thoughts and suggestions about teaching Math in Part One of a two-part series.

From 2013/14

The Maker Movement Can Give Students ‘A Story To Tell’

Tanya Baker from The National Writing Project discusses implications The Maker Movement has for different content areas, National Teacher of the Year Jeff Charbonneau elaborates further on its connect to STEM, and Leslie Texas and Tammy Jones make a connection to Project-Based Learning.

The Maker Movement Believes In ‘Kid Power’

Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary S. Stager graciously adapted a portion of their book, Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Education in the Classroom, into a piece for this blog.

From 2012/13

1. Several Ways to Become Better at Teaching Math

Math educators José Vilson, Shawn Cornally and Dan Meyer contribute their responses.

2. Several Ways to Become Better at Teaching Math -- Part Two

Bob Peterson and Eric Gutstein offer an excerpt from their book, Rethinking Mathematics, Gary Rubinstein contributes an excerpt from his book, Beyond Survival.

3. A Nobel Laureate Writes About Becoming A “Science Coach”

Dr. Carl Wieman, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001 and well-known for his advocacy of cooperative and engaging methods for teaching science, shares his thoughts.

4. Teaching Science by ‘Thinking Big’ and ‘Being Audacious’

Linda Shore, director of the Exploratorium Teacher Institute, and high school science teacher Amy Lindahl offer their responses in this post.

5. Teaching Science By “Becoming A Learner”

High school physics teacher Frank Noschese, middle school science teacher Paul Cancellieri, and Steve Spangler, well-known teacher-trainer and creator of science multimedia tools, respond to the question here.

6. Teaching Science By Asking Questions

Middle school science teachers Marsha Ratzel and Paul Bruno share their responses in this piece.

I hope you’ve found this summary useful and, again, keep those questions coming!

The opinions expressed in Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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