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PD for the Holiday Break: 7 Lessons and Blogs

Eric Brunsell

Asst Professor of Science Education @ UW-Oshkosh

During my first year of teaching, I assigned students homework over the holidays. The week before we left for break, I handed out a packet on thermodynamics. It was due three weeks later. Some of my students left the room singing, "You're a mean one, Mr. B."

Many of you have some time off next week, so I thought I should reclaim my Grinch status. Therefore, I have reading assignments for you.

Homework Directions

Each day, read the assigned blog. As you read, keep in mind the following question: What New Year Resolutions can I make to engage my students in learning? (Note: Reading with a question in mind is a very effective reading comprehension strategy)

Due Date: Reflect on the guiding question and post your answer in the comment section by January 2.


Every good assignment should start with a hook. If this title doesn't get you interested nothing will.


Eric Brunsell

Asst Professor of Science Education @ UW-Oshkosh
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Jeanine's picture

I remember in fifth grade, we had a project that was given after the Thanksgiving break and due right before Christmas. It was a huge project that dealt with calculating miles and financing the trip. The parents were upset about the projet because of how time consuming it was and the difficulty of it. For the talent show that year, my brother and I sang a song about our time in elementary school and that project made the song. I know not to give a huge project during that time period since the proejct (and it's annoyance) is still talked about today.

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