PD Pathways: Attending a Science Instituteby: Darcy Marcou, Melissa Lange, Andrea Konitzer, and Scott Ashmann

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For two weeks during Summer 2009, three elementary school teachers—Darcy Marcou, Melissa Lange, and Andrea Konitzer—participated in a science institute directed by Scott Ashmann, a science education professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The purpose of this institute for elementary school teachers was to learn (a) more about Earth and environmental sciences and (b) ways to enhance their science teaching. In this article, they share three stories related to two types of science questions that emerged from this program; stories that could be replicated in your classroom.

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  • on Fri Nov 11, 2011 9:22 AM

Attending a science institute in the summer is a good way to augment your knowledge and teaching skills. This article describes a summer institute whose purpose was to have elementary teachers learn more about Earth and environmental science as well as enhance science teaching. The authors describe their experience and what developed out of that experience that improved their teaching and students curiosity about science.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Mon May 02, 2011 10:04 AM

This article highlights three different types of questions that can be asked in the classroom. After attending a summer institute, teachers were tasked with redesigning a unit of study in their classroom. The article outlines how they imbedded different questioning strategies into their redesigned units. I liked the schema statement-I think it would help students organize their thinking and relate it to prior background knowledge.

Kate  (Louisville, CO)
Kate (Louisville, CO)

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