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Secondary School Science Teaching Methods

CHEM/GEO/PHSX/ZOOL 4570

Fall 2006

Course calendar:

Note that this calendar will change. Updates will be announced in class and on the course web page.

 

Monday

Wednesday

Thursday (Lab)

Week I:
8/28

Course Introduction:
Why are you here?
Blowing bubbles.

Stirrings of Hot Chocolate
Assign Response Paper: The 4 domains of science education.

Lab: Science fair

Week II:
9/4 

Labor Day Holiday

Debrief/discuss “Science Fair”
Assign: Research Project; Lesson Plan 1

Lab:
Data analysis
Pendula

Week III:
9/11

Discuss: What should/does science look like: Umbrellaolgy.

Present Lesson Plan 1
Assign: McComas reading

Pseudoscience Lab

Week IV:
9/18

Discussion: 10 Myths of the Nature of Science

Bloom's taxonomy, cognitive levels, and my first lesson plan.
Discuss: Bloom's cognitive levels as they apply to lessons, the core, and the greater goal(s).
Assign: Popper, etc. readings

A brief history of science education and intro to the state core.
What is learning and higher-order thinking?  Who am I as a teacher?
Lab: Teaching philosophy inventory and reflection.

Week V:
9/25

What makes science "science"?  The question of demarcation.

Present/discuss Research Projects
Assign: Letter to a concerned parent

Present/discuss Research Projects

Week VI:
10/2

Present Research Project

Assess research projects (previous science fair samples and our own)

Science vs. Religion: Cohesion, conflict, or something else?
Observation & inference: The case of the tracks and other dilemmas.

Week VII:
10/9

Private universes.
Assign: Lesson Plan 2 (Nature of science)

Misconceptions:
Phases of the Moon!

Lab: Misconception research

Week VIII:
10/16

What makes learning "learning"?  Constructivism and conceptual change.

Present lesson plan 2

Present lesson plan 2

Week IX:
10/23

Present lesson plan 2
Assign: Watson & Konicek reading ("Teaching for Conceptual Change")

Guest: USOE Science Curriculum Specialist

Assessment lab

Week X:
10/30

 

Guest: USOE Science Assessment Specialist

Debrief assessment
Backwards Design
Assessment building lab

Week XI:
11/5

Discussion: Conceptual change and the role of teaching.
Discrepant events.


Deductive and inductive modes of teaching; Intro to inquiry learning
Assign: Lesson plan 3
Assign: Curriculum maps

Inquiry into inquiry

Week XII:
11/12

 

Inquiry into inquiry

De-cookbooking laboratories

Week XIII:
11/20

Modes of instruction: The 5E and learning cycles models

[Work on Lesson Plan #3]

Thanksgiving Holiday

Week XIV:
11/27

 

Panel of practicing teachers: Q & A

Present Lesson Plan #3

Week XV:
12/4

Present Lesson Plan #3
Assign: "The last word" response paper (The 4 domains of science education, teaching philosophies revisited, and the first lesson plan).

Diverse learners and science education.

Present Curriculum Maps
Schedule exit interviews.