Twig Science March 2022 Newsletter

Welcome to the Twig Science monthly newsletter! 

How often do you see yourself as a facilitator of learning, the sage on the stage? Do you sometimes feel like you are working harder than your students? Tuning into student agency will both lighten your load and invigorate instruction by encouraging student engagement in your classroom. Twig Science has got your back here, providing multiple opportunities throughout the program to encourage student agency.

Learn more about student agency in this article by Sam Cressman from Knowre Blog: article link

Scientist Spotlight: Dr. James P. Comer

Dr. James P. Comer, an academic and researcher in child psychiatry at Yale University, is most notably recognized for his creation of the Comer School Development Program (SDP). At its core, SDP emphasizes the importance of positive relationships in building meaningful classroom cultures. Beyond his work in education, Dr. Comer is also a writer of books and articles. He states it best when he says, “No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship.”

Read more about the Comer School Development Program: article link

Read more about Dr. James Comer: article link

Dr. James P. Comer

Did You Know: Text to Speech in the Digital Twig Book

Twig Science digital Twig Books can read slides to your students—just click on the listen icon at the top of the digital lesson! This will read lesson content out loud, giving students the opportunity to hear and understand content, breaking down barriers to experiencing science instruction and facilitating more aha! moments.

Watch this brief video to see how it works: video link

Getting to Know the NGSS: 3-D Assessment

Twig Science has all the assessments you need to assess and monitor student progress as our budding scientists experience unforgettable aha! moments. Watch a 3-minute video presenting the complete assessment suite developed in partnership with the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE).

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Tips and Tricks: Teacher Provided Materials List

Did you know how easy it is to view the Teacher Provided Materials list in the Twig Science digital platform. Watch the video to see how.

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User Highlights: The 3-D Classroom

Recently, we sat down with Annette Huett, the Science Specialist for Oklahoma City Public Schools, to find out how she has successfully brought three-dimensional science instruction into classrooms. She shares her secret sauce on what the 3-D classroom should look like in this exclusive Twig Lounge presentation. 

Check out the video: video link

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Women’s History Month: The Women Who Smashed Stereotypes in STEM

As part of our celebration of Women’s History Month, we will be running a series of articles about some of the many historical female scientists who have made their mark—and smashed stereotypes—with their inspiring and important contributions to science history.  

Click on the links to read each of our Women’s History Month scientists’ stories.

Eunice Foote

The Almost Forgotten “Mother of Climate Change”

American scientist, inventor, and women’s rights campaigner.

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Dorothy Vaughan

NASA’s “Human Computer” and First Black Female Supervisor

American mathematician and computer programmer, and first African-American to receive a promotion at NASA.

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Chien-Shiung Wu

The “First Lady of Physics”

Chinese-American particle and experimental physicist who made significant contributions to the field of nuclear physics and beta decay.

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Stephanie Kwolek

Inventor of Kevlar

Polish-American chemist, best known for inventing Kevlar.

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Grace Hopper

The Amazing Grace, “Mother of Computing”

American mathematician who wrote the first compiler and coined the term “de-bugging.”

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Read more about Twig Education’s commitment to access and equity for all students in our white paper, “A Mission to Increase Equity and Inclusion in STEM Education.”

Twig Science February 2022 Newsletter

Welcome to the Twig Science monthly newsletter! 

Black history is American history. This is a perfect time to focus on diversity and how it should influence our classroom practices.  

The educator and author Zaretta Hammond writes in her book Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain, “Culturally responsive teaching is a mindset… thinking about organizing instruction to allow for greater flexibility in teaching.” 

In this issue, we’ve gathered resources to help you think about diversity and access and equity in new ways.

Professional Learning: Access and Equity

When designing Twig Science, we were very mindful of the importance of bringing three-dimensional learning to every student in order to inspire the scientists and engineers of the 21st century. The Twig Education White Paper on equity and inclusion in the link will give you insights into strategies you can use in your instruction across the subjects you teach.

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Scientist Spotlight: Mae C. Jemison

Mae C. Jemison is both a physician and the first woman of color to go up into space. After her career as a physician serving in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone and Liberia, she decided to pursue a lifelong dream of going into space and conducting research. Read more about her amazing life in our blog post for Black History Month.

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Did You Know? Accessible Assessment

Assessments in Twig Science are enabled to be read aloud to students! Students can access all the questions in the summative assessment by clicking on the listen control above each question. Check it out for yourself—go to the Assessment Center in Twig Science and choose a summative assessment, then open the preview and see how this makes the assessment accessible for your students.

Getting to Know 3-D Science: Explore Science and Engineering Practices

Science and Engineering Practices can be thought of as the verbs of 3-D science: the doing statements. This article from the resources section of the Twig Science platform will give you valuable information about how the SEPs are built right into your planning and lessons and enrich science instruction.

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Tips and Tricks: Language Acquisition

Looking for every student to engage in meaningful academic conversation? Strategic vocabulary instruction will fill your classroom with productive chatter while deepening students’ conceptual understanding of phenomena. Check out this brief video to see how you can access word wall cards, language routine resources, and more!

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User Highlights: Hybrid Lessons

Chris Borjas, the host of our Twig Teachers Facebook page, recently sat down with Caroline Digman from San Juan Unified School District to find out how she uses Twig’s Assign and Go lessons in a hybrid learning environment. Watch the interview to gather some new ideas for your own classroom.

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Ciencia de actualidad: Febrero 2022

¡Buen comienzo de febrero! Enhorabuena por haber superado el primer mes del año 2022. Por supuesto, estamos esperando a profundizar en más contenido fascinante de ciencias este mes. ¡Empecemos con nuestra selección mensual de ciencia de actualidad!

Jueves, 10 de febrero

Día Mundial de las Legumbres

La Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas designó el 10 de febrero como Día Mundial de las Legumbres, para la sensibilización acerca de los beneficios nutricionales que aportan y su contribución a los sistemas alimentarios sostenibles. Aprende más.

Viernes, 11 de febrero

Día Internacional de las Niñas y las Mujeres en la ciencia

Proclamado por la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas con el fin de lograr el acceso y la participación plena y equitativa en la ciencia para las mujeres y las niñas en las ciencias y carreras STEM, pero, ¿cómo podemos interesar a las niñas en las ciencias? Lee más en nuestro blog.

Sábado, 19 de febrero

Día Mundial de la Ballena

Este día celebra a las ballenas. Teniendo forma de pez, los científicos se dieron cuenta de que se comportaban de forma parecida a los mamíferos. Pero, ¿qué es lo que hace que las ballenas sean mamíferos y no peces si están en el mar? Descúbrelo con este vídeo.

Lunes, 21 de febrero

Día Internacional de la Lengua Materna

La celebración de este año es un llamamiento a los encargados de formular políticas, educadores y maestros, padres y familias para que reafirmen y se comprometan aún más con la educación multilingüe. Descubre cómo ofrecemos recursos tanto en español como en inglés en este blog.

Domingo, 27 de febrero

Día Internacional del Oso Polar

Este día busca crear conciencia de los desafíos a los que los osos polares se enfrentan por culpa del calentamiento global. Con el aumento de la pérdida de hielo del Ártico, el hábitat natural de los osos polares está cambiando rápidamente, y a muchos les está costando sobrevivir. Descubre más sobre los osos polares con nuestro vídeo.