Author Archives: Deb Porcarelli

Science Happens

Contrary to what most teachers might say, I think it is easy to teach science every day in the classroom. Yes, it may be a subject that gets loud and sometimes messy in your classroom, but just the same as needing to learn to be a lifelong reader or mathematician, the same goes for science.

I was once a horrible science teacher, but I chose to change my ways after hearing students beg for science. They wanted to do more and learn more. One day when I was teaching 5th grade, a student came to me and asked why he was able to lift a100 lb hay bale while his brother sat on it. To do so he was using a system made up of rope and pulleys and his question really was, “How does a rope and pulley system work, and why does it make work simpler?” I wanted to get him the correct information, and this particular incident happened before technology was accessible at your fingertips.

So, the day after my student asked his question, I brought my level one college physics book to class, with some r-weight ratio of a pulley system and the mechanical advantage of each system we created using the materials. I had had little to no prior experiences or much prior knowledge with what I just shared, but it was on that day that I realized just how easy it was to teach science in the classroom. I facilitated the learning and was there to discover along with my students.

So, the way that I came to love teaching science may not be like yours, but my point is that science happens every day and we need to share it with our students and teach them them in a way that grabs their interest. Today’s classroom teachers have resources and information right at their fingertips, unlike I did when I started. That makes it easier for today’s teachers to address their content standards and find an investigation that is parallel to them.

My challenge to you is to start somewhere. Find a way to imbed science into your classroom at least three days a week. Utilize the resources you have at your fingertips and pique the interest of your students by doing SCIENCE!! I personally love AIMS activities, but here is another good resource I would use:

Don’t Forget The Students

Here are my thoughts for today. I want to challenge every reader to be opportunistic and see what is right and bright in education. We educators have a daily view from within our schools and classrooms, and that is where we have the opportunity to shine – to make differences that matter. I challenge you… Continue Reading

Good Mentors

I have been spending time with each of the AIMS facilitators that are members of our national cadre. I have talked with each of them virtually via a Google Hangout as a way of checking in to review the previous year. I have come away from each virtual meeting inspired. I am privileged to know… Continue Reading

Professional Learning with an Online PLC

Teachers must spend time collaborating, sharing experiences, and reflecting about what they are learning to assure deep, rich professional growth. Those who participate in long-term professional learning projects participate in and establish ways to collaborate, share, and reflect when meeting face to face. Equally important, are effective ways to do the same when some of… Continue Reading

Finding My Home

I am inspired to search out new ways to improve the Professional Learning Division at The AIMS Center. I continually think about teachers in North America and how dedicated, unselfish, and committed they are to the students they teach. At AIMS, we want to provide opportunities to assist classroom teachers to be their very best.… Continue Reading

Finding Your Niche

We all seem to find our niche in education. We gravitate towards our passions and strengths. I am fortunate to have Debra Mueller as a colleague.  She is an AIMS Facilitator who has found her niche by really knowing about the needs of, and how to help, English Language Learners (ELL) be successful in the… Continue Reading

Who is your NGSS Expert?

I remember the first time I met AIMS Facilitator Sandee Vossler. It was 1995 and we were in Fresno, CA to attend Professional Learning opportunities offered at the AIMS Educational Foundation. Sandee and I immediately gravitated toward each other because we shared similar professional experiences, we both taught intermediate grades in small rural Montana schools.… Continue Reading

Conference Presentation Reflections

We are really proud of our cadre of AIMS Facilitators. An AIMS facilitator has at least 5-10 years of classroom teaching experience, a master’s degree, and many are serving as math or science curriculum specialists/coaches at their school. As I continue to highlight in these blog posts, we have AIMS facilitators throughout the United States.… Continue Reading