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Designing Effective Science Instruction
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This Web Seminar took place on May 22, 2012 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Anne Tweed, Principal Consultant at McREL (Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning) and Past President of NSTA. In this Seminar, Ms. Tweed shared strategies for creating and implementing engaging science curriculum that aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

In this program, Ms. Tweed discussed elements of effective science instruction, including linking big ideas directly to classroom activities. She also talked about the importance of defining clear learning goals. After Ms. Tweed introduced a model for developing strong learning goals, participants had a chance to practice creating learning goals using a handout shared during the program. Participants also found out how to identify success criteria for each learning goal in order to gauge students’ mastery of concepts.

One hundred nineteen (119) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. In addition, three participants joined the program from locations outside the United States: Philippines and Puerto Rico.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates 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:

  • “This will be excellent in defining learning goals for the summer program we are planning.”
  • “Loved the templates for units.”
  • “Good ideas for improving curriculum and student learning outcomes/assessment.”
  • “This web seminar was very informative, interactive, and interesting.”

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

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