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