Stacey, thank you for sharing your video. This is my second year teaching grade 6-8 science and I am in need of new ideas! I look forward to checking in often. I am looking for a good way to start each class day, any ideas, send them my way.
Thank you for taking the time to make comments and post on the site! Don't you love teaching middle grades science? I will be posting numerous ideas that infuse technology into science and hope to receive new ideas from those of you that post here as well. I am willing to share and help out in any way possible.
As far as starting class each day, it varies for me. Some days I try to start with some sort of small and quick hands on activity (like something Steve Spangler"ish") to engage the students. Other days we may start with some sort of bell ringer. I usually turn those into team events and track the points for each team for a month at a time. I don't know about your students, but mine are extremely competitive and they try everything they can to remain in the team lead. Yet there are other days I start with some sort of brain teaser to get them "thinking."
Good luck and have a wonderful school year.
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