With so much attention being brought to reading and mathematics in our elementary classrooms, time for science (among other subjects such as social studies, art, music, and physical education) is being squeezed, and with it, the opportunities for professional development in elementary science.
Fraught with this dilemma, a core of educators from the #4thchat discussion brought it upon themselves to take action and shore up this empty niche in the twitterscape, bringing a new hashtag, #elemsci, to the forefront of elementary educators on and observing twitter. My newest PLN All-stars, Bill Krakower, Nancy Carroll, and Jessica Bamberger have graciously included me in the co-moderation of our bi-weekly, Thursday evening discussions. Our first #elemsci chat played out as a ‘getting to know you’ sort of event, with over thirty educators sharing their education environments, the types of tools and resources they commonly use, and “what their science classroom looks like.” The next #elemsci chat is scheduled for April 19th at 9:00 EST. A poll is currently open for general dialogue questions that will help us cast as wide a net as possible to bring teachers across the nation and world together so we may share our questions, successes, struggles, and support with others passionate about science education in their elementary classrooms.
It is my hope that this discussion blossoms and reaches many more teachers moving forward. I also hope that #elemsci will inspire me to share more detailed thoughts and ideas that spring from our discussions right here on this blog! If you are interested in learning more about #elemsci and joining the ever growing network of teachers involved, check out our #elemsci wiki and join us for our next conversation!