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Teaching with space: Universe in the classroom - Han Tran, Mahbobah Mahbobah, Heleen Otten


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Han Tran, Mahbobah Mahbobah, Heleen Otten, UNAWE, presented Teaching with space - Universe in the classroom - at the Scientix course "STEM in primary school classrooms" at the Future Classroom Lab 25-29 June 2018.

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Teaching with space: Universe in the classroom - Han Tran, Mahbobah Mahbobah, Heleen Otten

  1. 1. Teaching with Space: Universe in the Classroom Workshop - Developing educational activities Han Tran, Mahbobah Ahmadi, Heleen Otten, @unawe
  2. 2. Grouping 2
  3. 3. Why teaching Space? 3
  4. 4. Universiteit Leiden 5
  5. 5. Universe in a Box The Sun - Our Home Star Our Solar System The World of Constellations Topics: Our Fascinating Moon The Earth - Our Home Planet 6
  6. 6. Developing an activity Backwards Design
  7. 7. Backwards design 1. Decide on overall learning goals 2. Decide on specific learning objectives (i.e. evidence of learning) 3. Design the activity - what teachers and students will do 4. Evaluate if goals and objectives achieved (e.g. rubric) 5. Revise (if needed) 8
  8. 8. Step 1-2: Defining goals & objectives 9 Define targets Required background concepts • Part of activity: Remind or Introduce the concepts Targets’ science knowledge Learning goals Learning objectives
  9. 9. Scientific content What do you want students to know and understand? Scientific practices ➢Asking questions ➢Developing and using models ➢Using mathematics ➢Constructing explanations ➢Communicating information Scientific attitudes ➢Inspired to study science further ➢More curious and interested in observing the world around them ➢Empowered to ask why ➢Empowered to figure things out for themselves 10 Step 1: Defining goals Overall goals - What students know/ do/ feel through the activity?
  10. 10. ✓ Observable List/ Define/ Match Explain/ Recognize/ Identify Solve/ Apply Compare / Question Construct/ Design X Non-observable Understand Know Comprehend 11 Step 2: Defining objectives Intertwined with evaluation methods Statements of how learning will be observed or measured Words that describe what students do to show understanding
  11. 11. Step 3-4: Designing activity & evaluation 12 ● Inquiry-based learning: Scientific content AND Scientific reasoning ● Investigate a question ● Teachers – guidance role ● Students – active learning
  12. 12. Step 3-4: Designing activity & evaluation 13 Inquiry-based activity: 5E model Question Answer Method
  13. 13. Levels of Inquiry Level of Inquiry Nature of Inquiry Question (Engagement) Method (Exploration) Answer (Explanation) 0 Confirmation Teacher Teacher Student Teacher Student 1 Structured Teacher Teacher Student Student 2 Guided Teacher Student Student 3 Open-ended Student Student Student 14 Adapted from Teaching enquiry with mysteries incorporated
  14. 14. “ Presentation 15
  15. 15. 16 AstroEDU for Peer- reviewed Educational Activities Fill out submission form: Worksheets, Spreadsheets, PowerPoint in editable form Activity structure: ● Age range ● Educational level ● Time ● Cost ● Materials ● Objectives Email to: ● Evaluation ● Background information ● Activity description, etc.
  16. 16. Summary • Backwards design o Learning goals o Learning objectives o Designing activity • 5E model of inquiry activity • Testing activity • Activity revision • Submission - AstroEdu platform 17
  17. 17. 18 Thanks! Any questions? You can find me at