Carnegie Corporation of New York How do I Promote Student Discourse?

This web seminar took place on May 10, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. The presenters were Katherine McNeill, Associate Professor of science education at Boston College, and Eric Meuse, Science teacher in the Boston Public Schools. Thanks to the participants and the presenters for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

Program abstract

One of the key ways to promote student sense making is to get students to engage in meaningful discussion about phenomena and the models they develop to explain their observations. In this web seminar, we will help you foster a climate that promotes meaningful student discourse. This is one of a series of web seminars providing teachers advice on implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) or other three-dimensional science standards based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education.

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A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My Profile area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "I have been wanting to increase student discourse and liked that it was centered around practical application and from actual teacher experience (not theory!)"
  • "I picked up some specific ideas for ways to start moving my students towards more student directed, and therefore more engaging, discourse."
  • "I really enjoyed the content of the seminar and will definitely want to engage in more of NSTA's webinars. Moderator was efficient! Love for you to do a webinar on discourse in chemistry."
  • "Many of the techniques were useful - not just for teaching science but any subject. The techniques were really powerful. I found the idea of an evidence card sort an idea that would be useful and easy to implement."

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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