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Turley, Renee; Trotochaud, Alan; Campbell, Todd – Science Teacher, 2016
Sense-making has been described as working on and with ideas--both students' ideas and authoritative ideas in texts--to build coherent storylines, models, and/or explanations. This article describes the process for developing storyline units to support students' making sense of and explaining a rocket launch. The storyline approach, which aligns…
Descriptors: Aviation Technology, Units of Study, Concept Teaching, Story Telling
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Medina-Jerez, William; Campbell, Todd – Science Teacher, 2015
As the ethnic and racial diversity in U.S. classrooms continues to grow, myths about the education of English Language Learners (ELLs) persist, while many teachers feel ill-prepared to meet these students' academic needs. This article focuses on myths shared by in-service science teachers enrolled in a master's program at the University of Texas…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, English Language Learners, Second Language Learning, Science Teachers
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Campbell, Todd; Dowdle, Gayle; Shelton, Brett E.; Olsen, Jeffrey; Longhurst, Max; Beckett, Harrison – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2013
Gaming, an integral part of many students' lives outside school, can provide an engaging platform for focusing students on important disciplinary core concepts as an entry into developing students' understanding of these concepts through science practices. This article highlights how S'cape can be used to support student learning aligned with the…
Descriptors: Video Games, Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Inquiry