Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
Workshop SynopsesWorkshop 1 — Guiding Student Ideas
Eliciting student ideas often reveals a wide range
of prior knowledge and experience. In Workshop One, teachers will consider
steps they can take to steer student thinking and questioning and to bring
focus to student investigations.
Once students are able to articulate their questions, they must then
decide how to answer them. In Workshop Two, teachers will focus on
steps they can take to help students design their own investigations.
Workshop 3 — Uncovering Critical Thinking Skills
A minds-on component is integral to hands-on investigations. Young students
need to think critically about hands-on experiences in order to discover
answers to questions. In Workshop Three, teachers will examine steps they
can take to develop critical thinking skills in their students.
Workshop 4 — Creating Meaning from Dissonance
Investigations in science and math often lead to varied outcomes. In
Workshop Four, teachers will explore steps they can take to help students
learn from one another by communicating, negotiating, and building consensus
Workshop 5 — Changing Course Due to Unexpected Conditions
Lessons do not always proceed as planned. Teachers often find that students
are having difficulty with a particular concept, or an activity is just
not sailing along smoothly. In Workshop Five, teachers will consider steps
they can take to diagnose and address conditions mid-lesson.
Workshop 6 — Tallying the Final Score
Through the course of a unit, students have many experiences that may
contribute to new and related understandings. In Workshop Six, teachers
will examine steps they can take to assess "the bigger picture"—
and even help students learn—by moving away from traditional tests
and toward alternative forms of assessment.
Workshop 7 — Cultivating Connections outside the Classroom
The world outside of the classroom is fertile ground for teaching math
and science. In Workshop Seven, teachers will focus on steps they can take
to create meaningful connections when drawing on resources outside of the
Workshop 8 — Charting the Next Move
This series has focused on steps toward change in response to classroom
situations. In Workshop Eight, teachers will explore steps they can take
to balance these classroom issues with local, state, and national requirements.