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Forum III

I really enjoyed being with like-minded teachers last Saturday. Thanks to all who work directly with k-12 students for giving them the best that you have every day. My observations follow.

Assist of the day: One of the past NDeRC fellows approached me and asked if we needed help in biology at all because she had experience with teachers through NDeRC and Bioeyes. She wants to continue her work with teachers – you’ve made a good impression on her. And, yes, I did take her up on her offer:)

Quote of the day: Lynda Rose, a chemistry teacher from Penn HS who doesn’t like to speak in front of crowds, made the statement of the day, IMHO. She was stressing the importance of reaching all students and howguided inquiry can help us get there. Then she said, “We’ve done difficult things before, and we can do difficult things again!” (Amen!)

Observation of the day: Prof. Marya Lieberman made an interesting point: if we can teach graduate students to present a particular lesson over and over in various classrooms, couldn’t we do the same with parents? If there were even a few interested parents, they could help in classrooms all over and not just in their children’s schools.

Interesting idea of the day: One parent suggested parent/child workshops on topics of science. One idea: I recently read about a Title I school that had quarterly parent/student meetings that focused on one subject each quarter plus they had an additional parent meeting each quarter where they learned the math that their children would be working on that quarter. Through this, they were more able to help their children with math homework.

Stay warm,
Beth

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