From the science classroom. For the science classroom. Science education looks different today than it ever has before. The constant flow of new ideas and challenges opens up exciting opportunities for scientists, educators, and learners alike to reexamine our world and our place in it. Join middle school science educator Eric Cross as he sits down with fellow educators, scientists, and engineers to explore the best ways we can improve our K–8 science teaching practices and create wonder for young minds.
Winter Wrap-Up 03: Supporting students with a creative twist, feat. Shad Lacefield
31:55Listen to the last episode in our Winter Wrap-Up! In this conversation from season 1, Eric sits down with Shad Lacefield, 2021 Kentucky Science Teacher of the Year. Shad shares his experience teaching during the first year of the pandemic, which included dressing up in over 100 costumes to create unique and engaging online learning experiences for his students. Shad also explains ways he connects with his students to celebrate student success, as well as large-scale efforts he leads within his school to cultivate the love of learning science content.
Winter Wrap-Up 02: Overcoming adversity in the classroom
29:44While we’re hard at work producing the exciting third season of Science Connections: The Podcast, we’re continuing to share some of our favorite conversations from our first two seasons. This time we’re revisiting a popular episode from season 1: Overcoming adversity in the classroom featuring Joe McCormick, director of engineering at Splitspot.Hear Joe’s story about losing his vision at a young age, gaining new support and community, and paying thanks to the educators whose flexibility helped him along his journey to becoming a software engineer.
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Winter Wrap-Up 01: Community and joy within K-8 science instruction
47:20While we gear up for the next season of Science Connections: The Podcast, we're revisiting some of our favorite conversations from past seasons!In this episode, we join Eric Cross as he sits down with physicist and science education specialist, Desiré Whitmore. Listen in as Desiré explains her work at the Exploratorium, a public learning laboratory. Eric and Desiré discuss finding passion in science, the importance of meeting students we’re they’re at, and K–8 science instruction with real-life connections. Desiré chats with Eric about her work on supporting the science of teaching science content at the Exploratorium museum.Explore more from Science Connections by visiting our main page.
S2-06: Making time for science in K–5 classrooms: Lauran Woolley
19:54In this episode, Eric Cross sits down with TikTok star and podcast host Lauran Woolley about her experience teaching science content within her K–5 classroom. Lauran shares how she’s learned how to make time for science, and what most K–5 teachers experience when creating their own science curriculum. Lauran also talks about her rise in popularity on TikTok, her podcast, Teachers Off Duty, and establishing strong relationships with her 5th-grade students.Follow Lauran on Tiktok!You can listen and watch the Teachers Off Duty podcast here!
S2-05: Moving students forward with project-based learning: Janis Lodge
25:22In this episode, Eric Cross sits with K–5 educator, Janis Lodge to chat about building on her own science curriculum to create meaningful project-based learning experiences. Janis shares her work teaching Gifted and Talented Education (GATE), and how to use those practices to help accelerate the learning of all students. Eric and Janis also talk about making time for science within K–5 classrooms. Check out the project Janis created for her class here!Follow Janis in her classroom on Instagram: @JanisLearningLodge
S2-04: Gamification in the K–8 classroom: Fabian Hofmann
27:28In this episode, Eric Cross sits down with his colleague and friend Fabian Hofmann to talk through gamification in the K–8 classroom. They discuss Fabian's experience teaching outside of the United States, and the differences in classrooms outside of the country. Fabian explains how to integrate game mechanisms in the classroom, standard-based grading, and shifting student thinking about learning by forming strong relationships. Fabian also shares how he created a new STEM course at his school revolving around his own passion for Star Wars.Check out the Rebel Teacher Alliance Podcast, hosted by Fabian!Find Fabian on Twitter!
S2-03. Building meaningful student connections: Sharita Ware
24:03In this episode, Eric Cross sits down with Sharita Ware, Indiana State Teacher of the Year to talk about how to build meaningful student connections. Sharita shares her journey from a corporate career to becoming Indiana's 2022 Teacher of the Year, and her passion for creating project-based lessons for her students. Together, Eric and Sharita discuss how educators can teach students to love science content by building strong relationships, how to add in other content areas and ways to support students' imagination.Join Science Connections: The Community on Facebook!
S2-02. Developing your own teaching style: Tips from a veteran teacher
24:57In this episode, Eric Cross sits down with veteran educator and former Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) Middle School Science Teacher of the Year, Marilyn Dieppa. Marilyn shares tips for new teachers, ways to inspire students, and how she utilizes her journalism background to develop literacy skills within her science classroom. She also shares her experiences developing a robotics academy, and the VEX IQ World’s Competition.Check out VEX Robotics here!Join Science Connections: The Community here!
S2-01. How teachers are really feeling this school year
20:45In this special solo episode, Eric Cross starts the season by sharing his personal journey as an educator, and how the difficulties of the last few years have shaped his mindset going into the upcoming school year. Eric also addresses teacher burnout and what inspires him to continue working as a classroom educator.
S1-10. Empowering the science educator: Jessica Kesler
31:29In the final episode of the season, Eric sits down with his friend and professional development facilitator, Jessica Kelser. During the episode, Jessica describes her passion for sharing high-quality, empathy-centered professional development for K–12 educators. The conversation also dives into Jessica's experiences teaching in Philadelphia, and how teachers' roles often involve more than just delivering content.Find free professional development with the TGR Foundation!Join Science Connections: The Community on Facebook!