Science Curriculum Topic Study

Thanks to participants and presenter for a fantastic Evening!
The first of two Web Seminars on the topic of Science Curriculum Topic Study was held on Thursday, May 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The session was presented by Page Keeley, the author of the NSTA Press book Science Curriculum Topic Study: Bridging the Gap Between Standards and Practice.

Here is what some of the participants had to say at the end of the session: "Thank you for your input. It gave me another way of looking at my teaching. Thank you very much. I don't often think about looking into the children's alternative conceptions of an idea. I will endeavor to do so in the future." Another participant said: "I have been involved in teacher preparation and curriculum development and was very interested in making my own judgment about the contribution of this sort of exchange made. I was quite satisfied with the process that I saw and listened to."

web seminar screen shot The session started at 6:30 p.m. ET with a general overview of the Web Seminar tools and how they can be used to facilitate interaction between the participants and the presenter. Seventeen participants were present in addition to the presenter, Page Keeley, and the NSTA staff. Educators represented the states of Texas, Colorado, Ohio, Georgia, New York, Maryland, Maine, and Kentucky.

Page started with a review of the Science Curriculum Topic Study book and the material covered at the face-to-face symposium that took place at the NSTA National Convention in Dallas. During the session, an interesting discussion was sparked by Page's questions with regards to students' misconceptions. What are they? Where do they come from? "Shouldn't we refer to them as preconceptions instead of misconceptions", one participant asked. Throughout the presentation there were several opportunities for interactions among the participants and presenter - answering poll questions, chatting, and selecting the best answer from selected lists of statements.

Thanks to the participants and Page Keeley, for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done! The second Science Curriculum Topic Study Web Seminar is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time.

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