Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

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The Science of Teaching Science

Workshop 2. Eliciting Students' Prior Knowledge (90 min.)

Workshop 2: Eliciting Students' Prior Knowledge

The work of these teachers will be featured in Workshop 2:


Name: Dorcas Gonzales-Lantz

Experience: 3 years

Grade & Subjects: Grade 6 Science

Demographics: Inner city middle school

Classroom: 29 students; 3 special needs; 5 ESL

Science Teaching: 55 minutes every day

Curriculum: District specified

Other: Language arts, social studies major

Name: Ingrid Allardi

Experience: 2 years

Grade & Subjects: Grade 1 All subjects

Demographics: Suburban elementary school

Classroom: 21 students

Science Teaching: 50 minutes, twice per week

Curriculum: Life, earth, physical science, district specified

Other: Child psychology major

Name: Terez Waldoch

Experience: 31 years

Grade & Subjects: Grade 4 All subjects

Demographics: Elementary school in small college town

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

Science Teaching: One-hour sessions three times per week

Curriculum: Life, earth, physical science, district specified

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

Things to ponder before and after Workshop 2:

1. What are the tradeoffs between activities focused on teachers' objectives and those allowing students to explore their own ideas?

2. How might you interpret a situation where, at the culmination of a unit, consensus among students regarding a difficult idea in science is reached? Where consensus is not reached?

3. Does it make sense to teach about the states of matter in Grades K-2?


Please think of and describe three different, simple lessons you might use to teach your students about the sense of sight (or lack of it). Summarize these in three short paragraphs in your journal.



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