Science Curriculum Topic Study

Another great evening of learning at a distance!
The second Web Seminars on the topic of Science Curriculum Topic Study was held on Wednesday, June 1, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. The session was presented by Page Keeley, the author of the NSTA Press book Science Science Curriculum Topic Study: Bridging the Gap Between Standards and Practice.

The session started with a general overview of the Web Seminar tools and how they can be used to facilitate interaction between the participants and the presenter. Twenty-three 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, Wisconsin, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Maine, and Kentucky.

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Page talked about the topic of Experimental Design. She asked the participants: "At what grade span are your students expected to know how to identify and control variables?" Almost everyone had a different answer. But most concurred that sometime around middle school age, students begin to understand the idea of experimentation and variables. Then she introduced a scaffold to use as a tool to teach students about experimental design. Using tow-different color sticky notes, Page lead the participants through the exercise, using a scenario of a bouncing ball.

Throughout the presentation there were several opportunities for interactions among the participants and presenter - answering poll questions, chatting, stamping, marking, and interacting verbally among each other.

Here is what some of the participants had to say at the end of the session: "I enjoyed this much. I understand scaffolding more now." Another participant said: "I will look for more web seminars! This was a great first experience. Thank you!" A third attendee said: "This was the best of the web seminars that I have attended."

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

Web Seminar I Resources


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