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Elementary Science Institute for 2010

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Presented to Virginia Region VI Key Instructional Leaders Meeting, Oct. 2009. Describes professional development project for teachers at Hollins University for 2010

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Elementary Science Institute for 2010

  1. 1. 2010 Elementary Science Institute for Teachers <ul><li>Michael L. Bentley, EdD Director </li></ul>ITQ Grant Directors’ Meeting SCHEV October 30, 2009
  2. 2. the goal <ul><li>“ What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in the pursuit of the child.” – George Bernard Shaw </li></ul>
  3. 3. Summer institute & fall seminars <ul><li>Science SOL content for Grades 4-6 </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching by inquiry </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiating instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Integrating math and science </li></ul><ul><li>Using community resources for learning </li></ul><ul><li>Integrating the nature of science in teaching </li></ul>
  4. 4. strategies for success <ul><li>A “one size fits all” approach does not address the needs of all students </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on inquiry and differentiation as complementary strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Techniques for formative assessment, embedded assessment </li></ul>
  5. 5. Text FOCUS: inquiry & differentiation <ul><li>Bentley, Ebert & Ebert (Corwin, 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>lessons on differentiation & inquiry </li></ul><ul><li>uncookbooking student text activities </li></ul><ul><li>using trades and science materials </li></ul>
  6. 6. Hollins’ science faculty <ul><li>Dr. Rene Godard, Life Science, and Project Assistant Director </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Dan Derringer, Physical Science </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Joseph Ametepe, Earth & Space </li></ul>
  7. 7. integrating science & Math Teresa Auldridge, Salem City Schools
  8. 11. The “NOS” The nature of science as a frame for inquiry, corrective for “the scientific method ”
  9. 12. INQUIRY
  10. 13. inside and outside of the classroom
  11. 15. using local resources Llyn Sharp, Virginia Tech Geosciences Outreach
  12. 16. Blue ridge soil & water conservation district Kathy Smith, Blue Ridge Soil & Water Conservation District Environmental Educator
  13. 17. Virginia museum of natural history <ul><li>Interacting with scientists </li></ul><ul><li>Observing research in action in labs </li></ul><ul><li>Rock & mineral hunting field trip </li></ul><ul><li>interpretation led by Dr. Dennis Casey and Dr. James Beard </li></ul>
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  15. 19. Science museum of Western Virginia <ul><li>Learning the seasonal skies using the planetarium </li></ul><ul><li>Integrating science & social studies </li></ul><ul><li>Interpreting museum exhibits for intermediate students </li></ul><ul><li>led by Nancy McCrickard, Director </li></ul>
  16. 20. Mill mountain zoo <ul><li>Learning about feeding and habitats of various mammals, birds, and reptiles </li></ul><ul><li>Endangered & threatened species projects </li></ul><ul><li>Interpretation for intermediate students </li></ul><ul><li>led by Patty Smukall, Director of Education </li></ul>
  17. 21. virginia wildlife center <ul><li>Learning about wildlife rescue and rehabilitation </li></ul><ul><li>Wildlife programs & interpretation for intermediate students at the VWC </li></ul><ul><li>Learning through role play </li></ul><ul><li>Live animal presentation by Dr. Gretchen Achenbach, Director of Education </li></ul>
  18. 22. LOTS OF take-aways
  19. 23. participant projects
  20. 24. On the web... <ul><li>http://www1.hollins.edu/classes/hesit/ </li></ul><ul><li>resource portal: http://www1.hollins.edu/classes/hesit/links.html </li></ul><ul><li>contacts: http://www1.hollins.edu/classes/hesit/contacts.html </li></ul><ul><li>projects by teachers: http://www1.hollins.edu/classes/hesit/projects.html </li></ul>
  21. 25. thank you… <ul><li>“ All education springs from some image of the future. If the image of the future held by a society is grossly inaccurate, its educational system will betray its youth.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Alvin Toffler, Future Shock (1978, p. 363) </li></ul></ul></ul>

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