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The Untapped Potential of Teacher Networks

Nicole M. Gillespie, Ph.D. | Posted 09.09.2014 | Education
Nicole M. Gillespie, Ph.D.

Network organizations aren't created spontaneously, and many well-intentioned efforts to build teacher networks fall short of developing these characteristics. How can educators move beyond just networking to building strong network organizations?

Chemistry Cook-Off: Appreciate the Science Behind the Food

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation | Posted 09.25.2013 | Green
Knowles Science Teaching Foundation

When I read an article about how a teacher used a chemistry cook-off to engage her students in the study of physical and chemical change and unit conversions, I immediately decided to bring a chemistry cook-off into an elective I was planning to teach.

Five Reasons to Play With Food in the Science Classroom

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation | Posted 06.25.2013 | Green
Knowles Science Teaching Foundation

Enjoying the fruits of her labor, one of our sixth graders wondered aloud why she would ever buy these items from a store now that she knew how to make tastier versions herself.

Food for Thought: Student Perspectives on School Gardens

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation | Posted 07.24.2013 | Green
Knowles Science Teaching Foundation

From small victories like overcoming fears of eating plants like mint right out of the garden ("you can eat that, Miss? Oh my gosh, it tastes like gum!") to bigger changes affecting the eating habits of whole families, our school garden is slowly changing the way students think about their food.

Herb Gardening for Healthy Bodies & Planet

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Knowles Science Teaching Foundation

Although the amount of CO2 stored in herbs is miniscule, it provides a useful, concrete framework for students to conceptualize the carbon cycle, and it might inspire them to grow a more sizable plot of biomass.

Vermicomposting: "Lowly" Worms and School Lunch

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation | Posted 06.10.2013 | Green
Knowles Science Teaching Foundation

My students often remark on a 'weird' smell that comes from our vermicomposting bin in the classroom. A slightly "earthy" smell is produced as the worms break down fruits, vegetables, and starches into fertilizer that contains readily available phosphorous.