Physical Science: About This Course
Materials and Graduate Credit
Essential Science for Teachers: Physical Science is a video course for K-6 teachers, consisting of 8 video programs, a print guide, and this Web site. Use these components for professional development in two-hour weekly group sessions, or on your own.
Participation in this workshop is free, and graduate credit is available at a reasonable cost.
Getting the Materials
You may choose to watch the video via Video on Demand (VoD), or by purchase videocassettes/DVDs and the print guide from our online catalog. The guide is also available as a PDF under Support Materials (PDF) on this Web site.
If you are participating in a group session, your facilitator will give you a copy of the print guide or request that you print the PDF for yourself from this Web site. Your facilitator will give you any instructions concerning meeting time and place, what you should bring to sessions, and work you should do outside the group sessions.
Using the Materials
The guide and Web site provide background, activities, discussion questions, homework assignments, and resources to supplement the video programs and provide a robust professional development experience. They also provide information for facilitators to plan and structure group sessions.
Workshop sessions generally are held weekly for at least two hours. The workshop guide describes pre- and post-viewing activities and discussion to fill out the remainder of the session. The guide also provides homework to expand on what you have learned and prepare you for the next session. Note: If you are taking the workshop for graduate credit, there is additional required coursework.
If you are facilitating a group session, read our Facilitator’s Guide and the workshop guide for more information on planning and facilitating this workshop.
Use Teacher-TalkPhysics, the workshop’s email discussion list, to continue exploration of ideas outside the workshop session.