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Tara Edmond | March 01, 2010 | FOSS in Schools

Good teaching and learning are fostered through reflection. In Tacoma Public Schools, when reflecting upon the effectiveness of our summer school program, the data showed us a lack of attendance and poor results. In recent years, the summer school program had focused on math due to low math achievement on the state test. The questions became, "How can children be motivated to use math in context? How can the neediest students be served without making them feel like they are missing out on summer fun? Could hands-on science provide the lens for effective math instruction?"

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Cathy Klinesteker | September 21, 2009 | FOSS in Schools

In the Whittier City School District just east of Los Angeles, Science Night filled the house! FOSS science engaged parents and children together in great science from four of the FOSS California modules. At Daniel Phelan School, over 250 students, parents, and other family members spent an action-filled night in celebration of hands-on science.

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Cathy Klinesteker | September 18, 2009 | FOSS in Schools

Sometimes something happens in education that is so right for children that you can't help smiling right from your heart when you watch it unfold.

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Guest Contributors | September 14, 2009 | FOSS in Schools

Eighth-grade students in the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) are experiencing hands-on inquiry science through the use of FOSS kits, which supplement the approved text-based science curriculum.

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FOSS Newsletter Staff | March 14, 2008 | FOSS in Schools

Brad Edwards, a teacher at Rahway Middle School in Rahway, New Jersey, usually spends time during his summer working in his classroom, preparing for the next academic year. But during the summer of 2006, he was asked to stay away from the school during "asbestos removal." When he returned to Room 21 a week before classes began in September, he didn't recognize the classroom he had left in June.

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Guest Contributors | March 03, 2008 | FOSS in Schools

As part of the FOSS Population and Ecosystems Course, students view a video about the work of Jane Goodall, Among the Wild Chimpanzees.

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Sue Jagoda | September 05, 2007 | FOSS in Schools

During the Earth History workshop at Grand Canyon in the summer of 2006, six of the participants represented schools in Stark County, Ohio.

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FOSS Newsletter Staff | September 04, 2007 | FOSS in Schools

Did you know that Arizona is the only state in which it is illegal to transport live crayfish of any kind? That tidbit of information becomes pretty important if you're a teacher in Scottsdale, Arizona, who is using the FOSS Structures of Life Module.

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Guest Contributors | September 08, 2006 | FOSS in Schools

As an instructor of elementary science teaching methods, I have 12 weeks to guide my students from that dark place known as "science phobia" to that brighter place where they are prepared to teach science to elementary children. Although this is not a small task, it is one that I relish each and every semester.

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Brian Campbell | September 05, 2006 | FOSS in Schools

Finding time to teach science is a common concern for all of us in science education. Science time was a major issue that the teachers and administration at Jay Jeffers Elementary School tackled during the planning year leading up to the opening day in August 2005.

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