About the Workshops
Workshop Structure and Materials
About the Contributors
this workshop, teachers will explore science concepts in force and
motion and come away with a deeper understanding that will help
them engage students in their own explorations.
The study of force and motion really begins the first time a child
picks up something or notices something move. If children are using
high-quality instructional materials, they will have numerous opportunities
to drop, slide, roll, float, and balance various objects and observe
how the objects behave. They will also be encouraged to compare
the results of these school-based investigations to their real-life
Students come to the classroom with deep-seated intuitive views
about how the world works. Their K-12 science lessons should allow
them to explore their own notions about common, everyday phenomena,
discuss their observations with peers, and draw conclusions that
can be tested. Since force and motion encompass phenomena that relate
directly to the student's world, they provide a content area where
students can make predictions, practice data collection and graphing
techniques, and start to make scientific sense of their observations.
This also provides students with an opportunity to apply some of
their growing mathematical understanding.
content workshop consists of eight one-hour professional development
programs. Each program features footage from a complete science
lesson related to force and motion. These lessons, virtually unedited,
take place in real classrooms across the grade levels. As children
explore the relationships among motion, force, size, mass, and speed,
the camera captures the students ideas and how they change
and build during the activity and subsequent discussion.
As each classroom lesson unfolds, science and education experts
act as guides, highlighting and expanding on the key points that
emerge. Their commentary, coupled with graphics and video demonstrations,
reinforces the science concepts taught in the lessons, and supplements
the lessons with background information about gravity, friction,
air resistance, magnetism, and tension. As the students begin to
connect science concepts to real-world phenomena, teachers will
be asked to think about their own ideas on force and motion.
The lessons teachers
observe in the video and the activities they do in this Science
in Focus workshop will provide them with the opportunity to
test some of their own initial ideas about force and motion. The
goal is to move teachers toward a greater understanding of forces
as interactions, the concept of action at a distance, the various
ways to describe motion, and the effect of physical surroundings
on the motion of objects.