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Curriculum Constructs And Assessment: Secondary Science
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Review of Science Education Content Knowledge
- Review unifying concepts and processes in science.
- Define science as inquiry.
- Review the major concepts within physical science, life science, and earth and space science.
- Examine a state’s teacher licensure examinations for secondary science education.
History and Trends of Science Education
- Define science as an academic discipline.
- Review the history of science education in the United States.
- Identify current themes and trends in science instruction.
- Analyze science in relation to personal and social perspectives.
Standards and Curriculum
- Examine the NSTA lab safety standards.
- Review state and national science standards and assessments.
Classroom Assessments and Rubrics
- Identify various strategies for assessing science learning objectives for all learners.
- Identify examples of project-based science assessments and rubrics.
- Analyze formative and summative science assessments and rubrics.
Instructional Approaches and Strategies
- Review approaches to unit and lesson planning in teaching science.
- Propose innovative instructional strategies and materials for teaching science to adolescents.
- Analyze ways in which differentiating instruction occurs in the science classroom.
- Identify ways in which classroom management techniques can enhance the science classroom.
- Create a lesson that integrates multiple NSTA content standards, as appropriate for science education.
- Demonstrate the principles of lab safety set by NSTA.
- Develop an instructional unit for science.
Integrating Literature, Technology, and Media
- Explore the links between science and technology.
- Analyze the legal and ethical issues regarding the use of technology in the classroom.
- Incorporate the use of technology in science instruction.
- Identify online websites for teaching science.
- Identify media sources for teaching science.
- Compile a list of fiction and nonfiction literature to enhance science instruction.
Reading and Writing Strategies
- Evaluate current science texts.
- Describe methods to incorporate reading and writing strategies into science lessons.
- Implement reading and writing strategies into a science lesson.
- Examine strategies for building students’ comprehension and vocabulary skills in science.
- Explore strategies to utilize community resources in the science classroom.
- Explore the range of social, health, educational and language-related service agencies, and other resources that are available at school and off-campus.
- Examine how family and personal experiences shape teaching and learning perceptions in the science classroom.
- Explain the importance of parent–teacher communication and collaboration.
- Determine strategies for increasing the level of parental involvement.
- Analyze professional resources available to science teachers.
- Review the roles of professional science organizations.
- Identify professional development opportunities in science available in your state.
- Analyze the importance of staying current in science education.
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