Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

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Workshop 2 –
Eliciting Students' Prior Knowledge

The work of these teachers will be featured in Workshop 2:

Name: Dorcas Gonzales-Lantz
Experience: 3 years
Grade & Subjects: Grade 6 Science
Demographics: Inner city middle school
Classroom: 29 students; 3 special needs; 5 ESL
Science Teaching: 55 minutes every day
Curriculum: District specified
Other: Language arts, social studies major

Name: Ingrid Allardi
Experience: 2 years
Grade & Subjects: Grade 1 All subjects
Demographics: Suburban elementary school
Classroom: 21 students
Science Teaching: 50 minutes, twice per week
Curriculum: Life, earth, physical science, district specified
Other: Child psychology major

Name: Terez Waldoch
Experience: 31 years
Grade & Subjects: Grade 4 All subjects
Demographics: Elementary school in small college town
Classroom: 22 students; 7% special needs; 5% ESL
Science Teaching: One-hour sessions three times per week
Curriculum: Life, earth, physical science, district specified
Other: Holds a doctorate in science education
Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching

Things to ponder before and after Workshop 2:

  1. What are the tradeoffs between activities focused on teachers' objectives and those allowing students to explore their own ideas?
  2. How might you interpret a situation where, at the culmination of a unit, consensus among students regarding a difficult idea in science is reached? Where consensus is not reached?
  3. Does it make sense to teach about the states of matter in Grades K-2?


Please think of and describe three different, simple lessons you might use to teach your students about the sense of sight (or lack of it). Summarize these in three short paragraphs in your journal.


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