EDU576: Instructional Methods for Secondary Science

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Course Overview

This course will provide candidates the opportunity to explore and analyze research-based strategies for teaching secondary science (middle school and high school, grades six through twelve) in alignment with the Colorado Academic Standards, the Common Core State Standards, 21st Century Skills and Readiness Competencies in Science, and the National Science Education Standards. With the nature of science and inquiry as a framework, candidates will also examine and investigate best practices in differentiation, brain-based learning, literacy, and assessment to facilitate science thinking and learning. Additionally, candidates will identify techniques and resources for their continued professional and personal development as a science educator.

In the course project, Supporting Science Thinking and Learning, candidates will design, implement and reflect on a segment of original science instruction.

There will be 50 hours of field-based activities that must be done at a field-based secondary school. This will provide candidates opportunities to complete assignments that require application of information and knowledge in authentic setting. A description of the activities and reflections on the results will be chronicled in the Reflective Journal that is used in all courses that require field work.

Course Learning Objectives

  • • Design, implement, and reflect on an original science teacher work sample that includes standards alignment, assessment, and lesson development with collaboration from a mentor.
  • • Individualize instruction by selecting and implementing differentiated science-teaching methods that differentiate the content, process, and product to honor the diversity of all learners.
  • • Integrate the domains of literacy into science instruction utilizing activities that align with the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in Science.
  • Create an assessment plan that includes formal and informal assessments and then use the data to inform instructional practices such as designing learning objectives and identifying teaching strategies and instructional materials.
  • Design rigorous, relevant, and meaningful learning experiences, focused on inquiry, which incorporate a variety of research-based instructional strategies, including technology.
  • Implement an original science lesson while successfully managing the learning environment so as to facilitate active learning and safety.
  • Compose and implement standards-based objectives and appropriate assessment evidence outcomes for lessons and units of study.
  • Facilitate student ability to make connections among science unifying concepts and processes and to real-life contexts outside of the science classroom.
  • Construct and select activities that support the nature of science and foster multiple methods of inquiry-based instruction leading to scientific knowledge.
  • Create personal teaching vision and mission statements that align with the purpose of science teaching, the Standards for Science Teaching Preparation, and the research on the cognitive processes associated with various kinds of learning.
  • Examine, reflect on, and utilize resources, skills, and organizations that will support continued professional and personal growth as a science teacher.
  • Collaborate with colleagues, observe in classrooms, and conduct research pertaining to instructional materials, teaching strategies, and technological resources to develop students' critical-thinking, problem-solving, and performance skills.

Course Prerequisites

(EDU575 or EDU595 must be complete before enrolling in this course)