Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Workshop 1 — Guiding Student Ideas

Eliciting student ideas often reveals a wide range of prior knowledge and experience. In Workshop One, teachers will consider steps they can take to steer student thinking and questioning and to bring focus to student investigations.

Workshop 2 — Building Investigations from Questions

Once students are able to articulate their questions, they must then decide how to answer them. In Workshop Two, teachers will focus on steps they can take to help students design their own investigations.

Workshop 3 — Uncovering Critical Thinking Skills

A minds-on component is integral to hands-on investigations. Young students need to think critically about hands-on experiences in order to discover answers to questions. In Workshop Three, teachers will examine steps they can take to develop critical thinking skills in their students.

Workshop 4 — Creating Meaning from Dissonance

Investigations in science and math often lead to varied outcomes. In Workshop Four, teachers will explore steps they can take to help students learn from one another by communicating, negotiating, and building consensus around results.

Workshop 5 — Changing Course Due to Unexpected Conditions

Lessons do not always proceed as planned. Teachers often find that students are having difficulty with a particular concept, or an activity is just not sailing along smoothly. In Workshop Five, teachers will consider steps they can take to diagnose and address conditions mid-lesson.

Workshop 6 — Tallying the Final Score

Through the course of a unit, students have many experiences that may contribute to new and related understandings. In Workshop Six, teachers will examine steps they can take to assess "the bigger picture"— and even help students learn—by moving away from traditional tests and toward alternative forms of assessment.

Workshop 7 — Cultivating Connections outside the Classroom

The world outside of the classroom is fertile ground for teaching math and science. In Workshop Seven, teachers will focus on steps they can take to create meaningful connections when drawing on resources outside of the classroom.

Workshop 8 — Charting the Next Move

This series has focused on steps toward change in response to classroom situations. In Workshop Eight, teachers will explore steps they can take to balance these classroom issues with local, state, and national requirements.

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