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. Participants also evaluate resources for effective instructional strategies, including safety best practices.
Assessment and Technology for Science Inquiry in the Classroom
Design authentic assessments that promote science inquiry.
Identify instructional methods that integrate technology in the science classroom.
Safety in the Inquiry-Based Science Classroom
Determine materials for safe inquiry-based science activities.
Identify federal and state legislation related to safety in the classroom.
Explain teachers’ legal responsibilities regarding safety in the classroom.
Plan for safe science experiences.
Strategies and Resources for Science Inquiry in the Classroom
Evaluate resources for best practices that instill inquiry in science education.
Apply instructional best practices to promote scientific inquiry.
Planning for Science Inquiry in the Classroom
Select effective methods to encourage student cooperation in group-inquiry activities.
Develop effective questions to engage students in independent thinking.
Determine instructional methods that promote scientific inquiry.
Using Science Inquiry in the Classroom
Explain instructional methods that improve science inquiry for diverse learners.
Examine brain-based and constructivist approaches to instruction.
Identify the components necessary to meet standards for an inquiry-based science classroom.
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