Author Archives: MrMusselman

About MrMusselman

@BurlMAschools Science Specialist and @CambridgeCollg Science Methods instructor. @NSTA Professional Development facilitator and author of "Think Like a Scientist: Investigating Weather and Climate" NSTA Kids ebook.

Empowering Student Empathy and Risk Taking through “The [Climate] Talk”

Climate change is hard and I don’t just mean teaching the science behind the overwhelming data supporting its existence, or even executing solutions designed to reduce or limit its effect on our global systems. I mean talking about it, like … Continue reading

Posted in 6-8, Classroom Activities, Professional Development | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Weaving ‘Book Talks’ into Science, Weaving Science into ‘Book Talks’

View this post on Instagram Investigating an octopus’ suction cups during the Memorial Superfish aquarium field-trip preview program. A post shared by Burlington Science Center (@burlingtonsciencecenter) on Jan 24, 2020 at 11:52am PST   Over the past several months I … Continue reading

Posted in 3-5, K-2, Professional Reflections | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Better Integrating “Keys to Literacy” Scaffolds and Strategies Across the Science Curriculum

Over the past several years our Burlington elementary educators have been inundated with changes. Besides the upending of our K-5 science and engineering curriculum classroom educators were introduced to “Keys to Literacy” a K-12 ranging program designed to boost student … Continue reading

Posted in 3-5, Curriculum, K-2, Professional Development | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Supporting Informal Educators Navigating the Currents of NGSS

  Over the past two months I have had the pleasure of supporting NSTA’s pivot to a more inclusive “National Science Teaching Association” by assuming the role of editor for the NSTA’s “Next Gen Navigator” monthly e-newsletter. The role provided … Continue reading

Posted in NGSS, Professional Development | Tagged | Leave a comment

Seeking Patterns in Workshops: Making a NSTA Conference – Part 2

Roughly a year after our NSTA Boston 2020 arrangements team met for the first time, I was back in DC for our next big step toward making the national conference a reality. With Programming Coordinator, Pam Pelletier and the NSTA … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

How do you “Choose Your Own (PD) Adventure?”

A quick glimpse at the 25 most recent emails in my inbox included three seemingly outstanding upcoming professional development opportunities. A stipended opportunity to learn about engineering design and the physics centered on designing your own hand held vacuum at … Continue reading

Posted in Professional Reflections | Leave a comment

#NSTA 2019 Takeaways

NSTA 2019 marks my sixth national conference and the start to a 51-week countdown to NSTA’s 2020 National Conference in Boston! Plenty of personalized learning opportunities and professional networking happens at an NSTA conference, even if you can only attend … Continue reading

Posted in NGSS, Professional Development, Professional Reflections | Tagged , , | Leave a comment