Baxter Center Teacher Virtual Learning Series

We are excited to introduce our new Teacher Virtual Learning Series!

Every Wednesday we will introduce a bite-sized video (~10 minutes or less) on a topic of interest to educators. Every Thursday we will host a short online meet-up for teachers to discuss what they are seeing with their students and best practices around that topic. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Have an idea of something you would like to see? Reach us via Twitter (@BCSE_NU) or email us at bcse@northwestern.edu

Science Lab @ Home: Clark’s Favorite Remote Learning Science Resources

For our last week video release of the 2019-20 school year, the Baxter Center is happy to host Mary Clark, one of our Teacher Leaders and a Biotech, Forensics, and Chemistry instructor at Whitney Young Magnet High School. Mary shares some of her favorite sites that she uses in her in-person and virtual classroom including: Learn Genetics, HHMI, Cold Spring Harbor, and CSI: The Experience.

Baxter Center Teacher Meet-up (6/11) at 2pm: This Semester in Review

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Let’s chat over coffee on Thursday (6/11) at 2pm with Mary Clark from Whitney Young Magnet High School. During this time, we will talk about this week's video, "Science @ Home: Clark's Favorite Remote Learning Science Resources," and hope that you can share some of tips/tricks from this past semester with other teachers. Let’s celebrate the end of the school year together with special announcements about opportunities for the Summer. Note: Teachers will receive 1 CEU for their participation.

Learning in Places: Creating Culturally and Community Relevant Learning for Students, Families and Communities

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Learning in Places:

Calling all K-12 teachers! This week we will take a look at Learning in Places, a project focused on creating culturally and community relevant, field-based learning opportunities for students of all grade levels and their families. These materials--co-designed by families, teachers, community-based organizations, and learning researchers-- were designed to support students and families as they engage in science that matters in the places they live. The materials facilitate families to ask and explore “should we” questions that engage the intersection of natural and social phenomena in our everyday lives. The project is a partnership of Northwestern University, University of Washington Bothell, Seattle Public Schools, and Tilth Alliance.  

 

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Science Lab @ Home: School Science Simulations with Gizmos

This week the Baxter Center is happy to host Jonathan Kamen, a Middle School Science teacher at Round Lake Area Schools. Jonathan shares how he uses Gizmo’s Simulations with his students. Let's learn together as we move from in-person to virtual labs and try to maintain valuable student-to-student interactions!

From STEM to STEAM: Applying Engineering Design Thinking to your Virtual Science Classroom

This week the Baxter Center is excited to virtually test out Mock-ups, a design engineering game that encourages creativity and empathy. Join Kristen Perkins-LaFollette for this fun activity where students apply design concepts in their Life Science classes! Mock-ups is a hands-on game that lends itself to student interaction, and makes a great family activity!

Mock-ups was created by Liz Gerber of the Delta Lab, part of the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern.

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Science Lab @ Home: Clark’s Virtual Chemistry Lab with Labster

This week the Baxter Center is happy to host Mary Clark, one of our Teacher Leaders and a Biotech, Forensics, and Chemistry instructor at Whitney Young Magnet High School. Mary shares how she used Labster’s Stoichiometric Calculations lab with her students. Let's learn together as we move from in-person to virtual labs and try to maintain valuable student-to-student interactions.

 

Science Lab @ Home: Exploring Evolution with Suzanne Fetherling

This week the Baxter Center is happy to host Suzanne Fetherling, one of our Teacher Leaders and an instructor of Freshman and AP Biology, Biotech, and Earth Science at Hoffman Estates High School. Suzanne shares an interactive evolution lab that students can try with everyday items they find at home!

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Clark at Home: Teaching Biotech & Forensics from my Couch

This week the Baxter Center is happy to host Mary Clark, one of our Teacher Leaders and a Biotech, Forensics, and Chemistry instructor at Whitney Young Magnet High School. Mary shares her weekly plan for her Biotech/ Forensics elective, some favorite resources for finding content, and some tips and tricks for communicating with her students.

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Video: What does education research tell us about principles for remote learning?

Ashley Walter from the Baxter Center introduces Jen Richards from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy to discuss 5 principles for remote learning distilled from current educational research. 

You are probably already doing many of these things intuitively or as a part of your work with your school and district. Now you know the research backs you up!

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