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David Wetzel

5 Ways to Integrate Science Process Skills in Lessons - 14 views

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    Integrating the science process skills within your teaching does not require drastic changes. It simply involves making the process of science more explicit in lessons, investigations, and activities you are already using in your curriculum. The science process skills are the methods used for helping our students understand how we know what we know about the world in which they live. This often means going beyond a science textbook and supplementing the core-content within textbooks. It also means using your course content as a means for exposing students to the real process of science.
eterry02

Good Teachers May Not Fit the Mold - Educational Leadership - 0 views

  • teachers' ACT scores exerted a larger influence on student achievement than did student poverty level, class size, and teaching experience combined.
  • Adequate knowledge of their content areas.
  • Rice (2003), who has reviewed hundreds of studies of teacher quality, notes that
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  • "subject matter knowledge contributes to good teaching only up to a certain point, beyond which it does not seem to have an impact" (p. 37).
  • Good teachers must know their subjects well, but having doctoral-level knowledge of Freudian interpretations of Victorian literature, for example, doesn't really improve someone's ability to teach language arts to 8th graders.
  • Knowledge of how to teach their subject areas
  • They found that although content knowledge is essential, teachers who also possess strong pedagogical content knowledge are more effective than those with content knowledge alone.
  • strong pedagogical content knowledge
  • were likely to gain a full year more learning than students whose teachers had weak pedagogical content knowledge (among the bottom one-fifth of teachers).
  • common metrics for hiring and rewarding teachers are only weakly linked to student success.
  • Traditional licensure or credentials.
  • "little rigorous evidence that [teacher certification] is systematically related to student achievement"
  • Yet the study detected no before-and-after effects—that is, teachers appeared no more effective after undergoing the grueling certification process than before it (Clotfelter, Ladd, & Vigdor, 2007).
  • Advanced degrees.
  • "have found no discernible effect of teachers having a master's degree or higher on student achievement" (p. 26).
  • One possible exception appears to be high school science and mathematics,
  • Extensive classroom experience.
  • Yet on average, after a few years of teaching, added years of teaching experience appear to offer little guarantee of increased effectiveness.
  • teacher effectiveness
  • Belief that all students can learn.
  • Belief in their own abilities
  • Ability to connect with students.
  • School leaders must consider, then, which attributes they can augment and which they cannot.
  • reexamine the metrics, explicit or implicit, they use to select and compensate teachers
  • Being credentialed, being experienced, or holding an advanced degree is no guarantee of effectiveness
  • know how to teach
  • teacher's dispositions and attitudes
  • teased out through interviews and observations
  • analogy
  • quality of their teachers can be the difference between academic success and failure.
  • Verbal and cognitive ability.
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Don Doehla

The 8 Elements of Project Based Learning: A Model Project | Bianca Hewes - 0 views

  • The students were confronted with a number of opportunties to engage in critical thinking and problem-solving during this project.
  • open-ended
  • use of a KWL table
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  • considering cliche, stereotypes and prejudice in relation to the ‘emo’ sub-culture
  • collaborated online via edmodo and face-to-face in class
  • collaborate on the podcast
  • Lots of problem-solving went into this part of the project!
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    As most of you know, the uber gods of PBL are BIE. I was first introduced to the BIE PBL 'model' from mate Dean Groom who handed me over what I still refer to as my 'PBL Bible' - a ring-binder full of the BIE Freebies that help teachers plan effective projects and keep students on track as they move through the different phases of each project. The cool thing is that you can use as much or as little as you want … PBL is a very personal process that (like all good teaching) should be tailored to the expertise and needs of the teacher and students. However, there are 8 Elements of Project Based Learning that can be called the 'essential elements' of PBL … keeping an eye on these and 'testing' your project design based on them can help you determine if what you're creating isn't just a 'project'. I really like this statement from BIE contrasting PBL and traditional 'projects':

    A typical unit with a "project" add-on begins by presenting students with process and concepts and then, once gained, giving students the opportunity to apply them. Project Based Learning begins with the vision of an end product or presentation. This creates a context and reason to learn and understand the information and concepts.
Terry M.

Top News - eSN Special Report: - 2 views

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    The California-based Buck Institute for Education, an organization committed to the use of project-based learning worldwide, defines the concept as "a systematic teaching method that engages students in learning knowledge and skills through an extended inquiry knowledge structured around complex, authentic questions and carefully designed products and tasks."
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