What is Phenomena-Based Learning And Why Should We Care?

Phenomena-based learning is one of the latest hot topics in education, specifically in science education. Our recently revised national science standards, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), recommend that “phenomena are an essential part of implementing the NGSS” and have information for teachers and publishers on accomplishing this goal. Curricular materials developed by publishers aligned […]

The Power of Getting Kids to Present Information

Retrieval PracticeWhen students present information they become an expert on the topic. In educational circles, this is called retrieval practice. Retrieval practice is an untapped learning strategy. We often think the final exam or the final project is just a way for a student to present their work for the sake of the grade. But […]

Minding the Knowledge Gap

The Knowledge GapMany elementary science textbooks do not provide scientific vocabulary, leaving students without the foundational language of science to succeed in middle school, high school, and college science courses.  This lack of scientific literacy in science textbooks creates a knowledge gap.  Most textbook publishers focus on science concepts that do not teach science in […]

How To Ask Your Own Questions

The greatest scientists and inventors in the history of the world, like Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton and Archimedes all started by asking questions. Most kids are used to having adults direct discoveries, which is why students have difficulty coming up with their own questions. So let’s change that! Here’s how to go from shy wallflower […]

How Dr. Rebecca Woodbury Created A New Kind of STEM Kit

Why did you leave academia to write science books for kids?Dr. Woodbury I grew up in a small town in New Mexico called Silver City. It’s a few 100 miles north of Texas and close to the Arizona border. I attended solid schools with good teachers and took all the advanced math and science classes […]