Brooklyn Is Inspired

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Students, Educators and Inspiration

As an educator I aspire to inspire, influence and encourage students, however, today I was inspired, empowered and encouraged. I watched one my students earn, accept and embody the role as a Valedictorian. This student has become a member of the family, a resource to my curriculum and a influence on my teaching practices. I knew becoming an educator would be rewarding however, tonight it was so rewarding I believe it is my obligation to share this moment. I am sharing my experience to express the great value of this moment and how memorable the last three years of teaching has been especially to new teachers who do not see a light at the end of the tunnel. Although as an educator there are moments of grief, anger and great disappointment. There are also moments of happiness, euphoria and great delight. Tonight was a night where cheerfulness prevailed. I want parents, teachers and students to be mindful of obstacles but to hone in on the positives which allows our students to excel, grow and become members of society who we are proud of. Setting high standards, demanding excellence and encouraging all students who stand before us will, I believe leave us inspired, encouraged and empowered. I leave my followers, educators, students and all readers with the quote “To Whom Much Is Given, Much Will Be Required” which I believe embodies our roles as educators and responsibilities as students.

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Balancing Education

The academic school year is winding down, leaving anticipation for the summer, building an anxiety for the last day of school and hope for the next academic school year. This school year has been one of new endeavors. I have had the opportunity and privilege to build several common core tasks in collaboration with my colleagues, develop a Next Generation science standards based curriculum and start modeling for YNTS. This school year has been a fast paced balancing act of playing the role as a mom, girlfriend, teacher and model which has led to great moments of success. I am back to write on my blog and to share my experiences while regaining my voice and desire to write to anyone and everyone who can relate or who may need to be inspired. This blog started as an outlet for me to to share with parents seeking and needing advice to support their child in the largest school system in the United States. I will continue on this path however, I will be including my personal hardships, educational experience and content knowledge of special education, English Language Arts and science. Thank you to all that wrote asking me what I have been up and when was I going to return with insightful information aligned to the academic needs of their children. As I continue posting articles that are content rich, academically sound and educationally geared, I will be mindful of you parents seeking answers, support and guidance. Thank you again and I am excited, anxious and thrilled to return to the classroom as Ms. Brooklyn.

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Literacy Evolved

Science education and literacy were the backseat drivers of education and the step-brother and sister to the core academic subjects. The combination of Science and literacy was seen as an unreasonable and unnecessary combination, however through the evolution of education Science literacy has been recognized. The marriage of science and literacy while not a new arrangement has made its mark in education. The almost national common core learning standards allowed for the great integration of non-fictional resources allowing science literacy to have a greater voice amongst the population of students. I believe the continued practice of science literacy in the classroom beginning with students in grades K through12 will eliminate misconceptions, misunderstandings, and misinformation which has been prevalent amongst adults today. In order to support your child with building their science literacy skills refer to following websites which all support relevant science news at different readiness and grade levels. How can these authentic text be used to practice sifting out central Ideas and supportive evidence?

1. http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/
2. http://www.timeforkids.com/news-archive/science
3. http://www.dogonews.com/category/science
4. http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/stories/
5. http://www.eurekalert.org/kidsnews/
6. http://scienceworld.scholastic.com/

Science before the inclusion of science literacy as a staple in the curriculum missed the element of understanding amongst students. I thought this excerpt from an article on science knowledge supported and encourage the validity of science literacy in the classroom.

From: Science Daily

Despite its importance to economic growth, environmental protection, and global health and energy issues, scientific literacy is currently low among American adults. According to the national survey commissioned by the California Academy of Sciences:

* Only 53% of adults know how long it takes for the Earth to revolve around the Sun.
* Only 59% of adults know that the earliest humans and dinosaurs did not live at the same time.
* Only 47% of adults can roughly approximate the percent of the Earth’s surface that is covered with water.*
* Only 21% of adults answered all three questions correctly.

Knowledge about some key scientific issues is also low. Despite the fact that access to fresh water is likely to be one of the most pressing environmental issues over the coming years, less than 1% of U.S. adults know what percent of the planet’s water is fresh (the correct answer is 3%). Nearly half didn’t even hazard a guess. Additionally, 40% of U.S. adults say they are “not at all knowledgeable” about sustainability.

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Science is News

Science is relevant, current and an interesting subject. Science has earned an essential role in your child’s school community and in fact science has become the subject of hot topic. Through the adoption of the Common Core Learning Standards English Language Arts educators have adopted and become acclimated with using non-fictional text in their instructional plans. In adopting the standards infusing more science based topics has been popular. The influx of non-fictional text through Science has excited Science educators like myself who have defended and argued the role of science literacy in the classroom. In order to align content to the Common Core Learning Standards while including science related topics , I have found current, relevant and interesting based Science to be most successful. Non-fiction science based topics allow students to apply key Common Core Learning Standards such as isolating main ideas, determining central ideas,and citing supportive evidence from non-fictional texts. In facilitating instruction which encourages the practice of these skills, I believe science news articles are a healthy support. As I cultivate a classroom of students who are intrigued, eager, and excited about Science, I have found the inclusion of literacy rewarding and inspiring. The following websites below provide free access to Science based articles which will support and stimulate critical thinking amongst your son or daughter while keeping them up to date with Science News. How can you be sure that while reading the articles your child is isolating main ideas, determining central ideas,and citing supportive evidence from the non-fictional text?

Non-fictional Science Supports

http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/
http://www.timeforkids.com/news-archive/science
http://www.dogonews.com/category/science
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/stories/
http://www.eurekalert.org/kidsnews/
http://scienceworld.scholastic.com/

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