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Larry Malone | March 11, 2014 | Observations by Larry

A Framework for K-12 Science Education identifies three dimensions of the science education enterprise—three instructional/conceptual arenas in which our students should be facile and competent.

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Larry Malone | September 14, 2010 | Observations by Larry

FOSS enjoys a significant degree of success across the country. Our success can be attributed at least in part to our ability to keep pace with and anticipate issues, trends, and policies in science education. The FOSS success has allowed us to grow. New staff members with varied backgrounds and experience have been added to the FOSS team. They have brought new intelligence to the conversation about the future of FOSS.

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Larry Malone | September 14, 2009 | Observations by Larry

Lately the water-cooler conversation around the staff offices at LHS has focused on...focus questions. What is a focus question? And what makes a question a good focus question?

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Larry Malone | March 04, 2009 | Observations by Larry

One year ago the FOSS codirectors called a small group of colleagues to a meeting in Berkeley. Their arrival coincided with the 31st annual BAEER Fair.

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Larry Malone | September 16, 2008 | Observations by Larry

This question frequently enters the discussion when issues related to FOSS curriculum design and instructional practice are bandied about. But what is the questioner really asking?

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Larry Malone | September 12, 2007 | Observations by Larry

There is tension in U.S. elementary science education. The tension is created by the disconnect between learning expectations described in standards and the reality of what can be effectively taught in classrooms. With limited time allotted to science, this leaves teachers and curriculum planners in a quandary: do we make decisions based on quantity or quality? Or, in other words, do we value coverage or depth of engagement?

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Larry Malone | September 06, 2006 | Observations by Larry

"I am writing this email to you because I had something happen to me with this module that never happened before..."

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Larry Malone | March 08, 2005 | Observations by Larry

On November 11, 2004, I received this letter from Mrs. Mary Martin's fifth-grade class in Spokane, Washington, regarding Investigation 5, Hatching Brine Shrimp, in the Environments Module. The letter came right to the point—the brine shrimp eggs didn't hatch, and she and her students wanted to know why.

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Larry Malone | September 03, 2002 | Observations by Larry

On April 29, 2002, I got a thick envelope in the mail from Bellevue, Washington. Inside was a letter from Craig Parsley, 5th-grade teacher at Newport Heights Elementary School, and a stack of letters from his students...

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Larry Malone | March 04, 2002 | Observations by Larry

I recently received this e-mail from a FOSS educator, Melissa Wick, from Fayetteville Public Schools in Arkansas, who came right to the point.

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