WestEd will lead a 5-day Making Sense of SCIENCE: Matter facilitation academy to prepare participants to effectively lead a 40-hour professional development course for teachers in their collaboratives. Facilitation academy participants will: • Experience a teacher course first hand, collaboratively make sense of vexing science concepts, explore the practice of teaching, and consider how to support writing in the classroom. • Collaboratively investigate the art of facilitation, including strategies for promoting evidence-based conversations among teachers and strategies for supporting teachers’ analysis of student work and use of formative assessments. • Learn core principles of effective facilitation in scienceTeachers begin the "Making Sense of SCIENCE: Matter" course by exploring the properties of matter and making sense of the property of density using multiple representations and data sets. Next, teachers investigate the nature of matter, including kinetic theory, states of matter, and the differences between elements, compounds, and mixtures at a molecular level. Teachers then build on their fundamental understanding of matter by taking a systematic approach to making sense of the physical and chemical changes that matter undergoes. Teachers also have an opportunity to delve into the composition of matter at an atomic level, exploring it using various models and investigating the ways in which atoms themselves can change. The course wraps up with teachers using the principles learned throughout the course to explain and demonstrate the practical, real-world interactions involving matter (e.g., sinking and floating, combustion, photosynthesis). Throughout the Matter course, teachers make sense of several foundational science concepts (e.g., systems, cause & effect, patterns). They also practice using evidence in their discourse, scientific modeling, and systems thinking as they investigate and explain phenomena related to matter.Analysis of the MSS: Matter course for teacher learning finds excellent alignment with the following:TEKS grade 6: 2A–E, 3A–C, 5A–D, 6A–C; grade 7: 3A–C, 4A, 6A; and grade 8: 3A–C, 4A, 5A–E.
Monday, January 9, 2017 - Friday, January 13, 2017
The University of Texas at AustinCenter for STEM Education1912 SpeedwayGeorge I. Sanchez Building, Room 312Austin, Texas 78712512-471-7354
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