Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

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The Science of Teaching Science

Workshop 7. Specific Instructional Strategies (90 min.)

Workshop 7: Specific Instructional Strategies

The work of these teachers will be featured in Workshop 7:


Name: Terez Waldoch

Experience: 31 years

Grade & Subjects: Grade 4; all subjects

Demographics: Elementary school in a small college town

Classroom: 22 students; 7% special needs; 5% ESL

Science Teaching: One-hour sessions, three times per week

Curriculum: Life, physical, and earth science; specified by district

Other: Holds a doctorate in science education
Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, 1993

Name: Pat Coleman

Experience: 21 years

Grade & Subjects: Grade 8; Life Science and Social Studies

Demographics: Middle school in a suburban town

Classroom: 48 students; 20% special needs

Science Teaching: Two classes, 40-minute periods, five times per week

Curriculum: School is moving toward an integrated science ("spiraled") curriculum; specified by district

Other: 8th-grade team leader
Shares classrooms with other teachers; does not have his own classroom

Name: Tom Banaszewski

Experience: First-year teacher

Grade & Subjects: Grade 5; all subjects

Demographics: Suburban school in affluent town

Classroom: 26 students; 10% special needs

Science Teaching: 50-minute sessions; twice per week

Curriculum: Life, physical, and earth sciences; specified by district

Other: Shares teaching responsibilities with Andy, another first-year teacher, who was initially brought into the classroom to assist with special needs students

Questions to ponder before and after workshop 7:

1. How could portfolios be used in science units?

2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of keeping subject matter portfolios?

3. How can journals be used most effectively in the classroom?


Ask your students to tell you how they feel about the ways in which you evaluate their learning? What do they like best?




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