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Twenty teachers met, once again, for our monthly Elementary ClimeTime professional learning community gathering on April 21. This month, we spent time with a “Less Like …” “More Like …” table designed to help us thinking through science learning in this new reality. Teachers spent time with the information and then broke into small groups to make sense of the ideas. They were then asked to share what they took from the conversation or what they might try in the coming days.

Here are some of their ideas:

Strategies and Tools

  • Record yourself teaching a quick mini lesson
  • Use the Phenomena for NGSS website to offer my students engaging science learning (Virtual Science Education Resources: How to Leverage Student Engagement)
  • Try the Learning Menu Strategy
  • Present the Stem Teaching Tool advice for parents and students (Supporting Students’ Science Learning During COVID-19 School Closures)
    • Note: This tool has resources in nine languages. It has information for families and information for students.
  • Engage students in real life phenomena; provide coaching & feedback
  • Explore authentic learning opportunities that don’t require technology


  • “We’re all in this together” (you have to sing it when you say it). You and your students are exactly where they need to be.
  • How valuable it can be to incorporate families in the learning with the students in this remote environment.