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.
Explain instructional methods that improve science inquiry for diverse learners.
Justify the accommodations appropriate for special needs students.
Identify the components necessary to meet standards for an inquiry-based science classroom.
Planning for Science Inquiry in the Classroom
Develop effective questions to engage students in independent thinking.
Select effective methods to encourage student cooperation in group-inquiry activities.
Determine instructional methods that promote scientific inquiry.
Assessment, Technology, and Resources for Science Inquiry in the Classroom
Evaluate resources for best practices that instill inquiry in science education.
Design authentic assessments that promote science inquiry.
Identify instructional methods that integrate technology in the science classroom.
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