In this course, teachers will develop the skills essential to move from a top-down content delivery model of science instruction to one in which the teacher is a guide, enabling students to create shared meaning of important science concepts.
A revolution is underway in science classrooms. The demands of the new workplace and the ready access to information afforded by new technologies have radically changed the way we define a scientifically literate society.
More than ever teachers need professional development that provides them with the resources they need and empowers them to take the action required to build classrooms where the next generation of scientifically literate students will flourish.
Inquiry Science Learning: Perspectives and Practices consists of four courses, each designed to address a different strand in the development of skills teachers need to meet the demands of their career, including the following.
In this fourth course we will focus on helping teachers change the nature of their classrooms to promote student engagement and proficiency in inquiry science
Week 1: Self-Assessment - Initial:
Participants will be provided with a rubric that will help them assess where they are in the continuum from a teacher-centered to a student-centered classroom. After watching a teacher use the rubric, with guidance from a mentor, participants will be asked to evaluate themselves and reflect the results.
Week 2: Student-Centered Inquiry: On Paper:
Participants will learn how to take a current lesson that may be more teacher-centered, and to alter it component-by-component, to create a more student-centered lesson.
Week 3: Student-Centered Inquiry: On Paper:
Participants will get to watch a coach in action helping a teacher look for ways to make their teaching more student-centered and to identify obstacles and solutions.
Week 4: Self-Assessment - Final:
In the last week of the course, participants will reflect on a change they tried to make in their classroom. Through peer review all participants will have the opportunity to evaluate these transformations and to receive feedback that will encourage further growth.
Participants who complete all four courses in the Inquiry Science Learning series, and earn a Verified Certificate (available exclusively by joining Signature Track) for each course, may contact the Rice Center for Digital Learning and Scholarship to request a certificate related to the overall program.
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