Classrooms are getting attention and accolades!
At the moment, students must fetch drinking water from a distant river; this causes illness and cuts into academic time, says Mr. Kegode.
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Big decision about the last day!
You direct the mission!
Is it time to head to a new island?
Go2Science triples the number of classrooms using its unique approach to science learning
Increasingly, educators are realizing the value of science instruction in the early elementary years. Not only does it lay the foundation for future science learning but, when integrated across the curriculum, it also has an impressive impact on literacy and math achievement. When schools rapidly transitioned to remote learning in the spring, teachers using Go2Science felt they had a leg up.
Today, a growing number of PreK-2 homeschoolers and classrooms across Maine including the state's largest school districts, Lewiston and Portland have subscribed to this creative and engaging program. Districts such as RSU 2 and MDI were early adopters and quickly saw the value and quality of the program. The Perloff Family foundation was another early and ardent supporter, providing subscriptions to teachers across Maine, and also donating 3-D printers to the classrooms that brings a physical component to the instruction.
Kristen Tedesco, a 2nd grade teacher at Lyseth Elementary School in Portland relied heavily on Go2Science when her school closed due to the pandemic.
Susan Williams, the Director of Instructional Support and Educator Effectiveness at Lewiston Public Schools considers Go2Science an “awesome resource.”
The Go2Science team is striving to get their program implemented into classrooms nationwide. This winter, they will explore the Galapagos Islands looking for penguins, then, in the spring, travel to Namibia for a wildlife survey. In the fall, Go2Science will launch a research mission right here in Maine!
Go2Science was co-founded by longtime Maine residents Curtis Bentley, a scientist and attorney, and Beth Heidemann, an award winning teacher. Their goal is to create a paradigm shift in how science is taught in early elementary that could be used by anyone no matter where they live.
To learn more about Go2Science or join upcoming adventures, visit Go2Science.com.
Quality Over Quantity!
We love answering student questions! We know most kids love asking questions too. We've all known the child, however, who gets so excited questions they begin to ask questions indiscriminately. Our livestream sessions offer a great opportunity to focus on asking thoughtful questions. Here are some tips to help students ask fewer, but higher quality questions.
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Check out last week's vote post for directions on using the google form
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Download the pdf or share the poll below, then use the info below to help you analyze the photos.
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Distance Learning Help!
If you choose to use our google form with your students, be sure to MAKE A COPY and not send the link shared via our button or your responses will be viewable by all and you won't be able to easily see your student answers.
If you need directions about how to make a copy of the google form, check out the bottom of our previous blog post (click here) for step by step directions!
Meet Beth and Curtis!
Presidential Award-Winning teacher and hula hoop fanatic, Beth loves bringing real world science to kids! Beth is fascinated by engineering challenges, technology, and outdoor learning spaces. After 25 years teaching kindergarten, she’s excited to share her passion and experience on-line with classrooms from around the world!