The purpose of this course is to prepare teachers to develop a balanced and articulated elementary school science program that promotes inquiry. An evaluation of texts and reference materials, development of hands-on activities and assessments, and the use of teacher-made materials and technology are among the topics discussed.
Assessment, Technology, and Resources for Science Inquiry in the Classroom
Identify instructional methods that integrate technology in the science classroom.
Design authentic assessments that promote science inquiry.
Evaluate resources for best practices that instill inquiry in science education.
Planning for Science Inquiry in the Classroom
Determine instructional methods that promote scientific inquiry.
Select effective methods to encourage student cooperation in group-inquiry activities.
Develop effective questions to engage students in independent thinking.
Using Science Inquiry in the Classroom
Identify the components necessary to meet standards for an inquiry-based science classroom.
Justify the accommodations appropriate for special needs students.
Explain instructional methods that improve science inquiry for diverse learners.
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