Posts By Amy Dickson

NGSS Practices in Action in Winooski Science Classes

The new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) place much higher emphasis on the practices of science and engineering than have past sets of national science education standards. But how do we change teaching and learning in science so that students have real and deep opportunities to engage in these scientific practices? Shannon Bundy, Steve Crowley, and Nancy Keller - our Partner Teacher team in Winooski’s science department - are on the ground figuring that out.

Introducing the Partner Teacher Program

The premise of the Partner Teacher program is simple: In order to shift their classroom practice, teachers need time, resources, and collaborative support.

BHS Physics Students Kick Off Home Energy Efficiency Challenge!

The frigid temperatures blanketing the country right now are providing the perfect context for a project getting off the ground this week in BHS physics classes: the Home Energy Efficiency Challenge.  This month-long project is the result of a collaboration between the physics teachers, the City of Burlington’s Community and Economic Development Office Legacy Project, Efficiency Vermont, and Vermont Energy Education Project (VEEP). Read more.

Proficiency-Based Learning and the Growth Mindset: A Classroom Example

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve had a number of conversations with teachers about proficiency-based learning, the growth mindset, and student engagement. The work of Greg Van Houten, a physics teacher I worked with at Prospect Hill Academy, is a great example of how to bring these to life in the classroom.

Charting the Scope of Teaching and Learning Environments

I spent the summer thinking a lot about how to define the focus of my fellowship year. My guiding question is, How do we create teaching and learning environments that provide ALL students with the skills and mindsets that they’ll need in order to thrive, in their careers and in their communities? But when I consider how to begin answering this question, the focus on teaching and learning environments is dauntingly broad, but five key elements have emerged: space, time, people, resources, and culture.