Thursday, March 12, 2015

My Day at NSTA

The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them. -William Lawrence Bragg

NSTA 2015 Conference

The NSTA Conference is an incredible event filled with science teachers of every size, shape, and teaching style. The diversity and skills of the educators at this event cannot be truly described. Add to the incredible educators is the incredible Vendor Area. (Probably the biggest I've ever seen. I hauled out 3 bags of cool stuff. I was a bit conflicted as an Environmental Science Teacher.)

Most of the time I love being a learner even more than a teacher. Believe me, I love being a teacher a whole heck of a lot. I consider it a boring day when the only questions anyone asks me are the ones I already know or think I know the answer to. 
When it comes to environmental science, technology, and online resources for teachers I sometimes fall into a trap of forgetting how much I don't know. No worries about that at the NSTA a conference. I found many new inspirational questions.

So what questions am I looking for answers to after my first day at the NSTA Conference?

  • What can the Argo Buoys tell my students? How can I use the data to support learning and engage my students?
  • What are the Next Generation Science Standards? How will they help my students "Change the Word" (Courtesy of Bill Nye!)
  • How do we think like an expert without being an expert in the content? (We want students to learn to behave like experts. Not no it alls, but learners who solve problems like the experts.)
  • What is 3 Dimensional Learning and how can I use it with my students?
  • How did Bill Nye become and expert on taking selfies? (You had to be there!)
  • How did I not know about so many of the incredible resources the vendors shared today? (I actually have 3 full tote bags for of some awesome learning swag! More to come tomorrow!)
  • How can I use more formative assessment to support learning and improve my teaching?
I guess its time learn some new things and be inspired.

This is my secret to staying young - Never Stop Learning!


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