Do you want the Science CoP to be a place where science teachers discuss issues of practice?
Submitted by David J. Rosen on October 2, 2014 - 8:16am
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Science teachers -- and those who wouldn't consider themselves science teachers but who do teach adults science,
I was hoping this CoP would be a place to engage in discussion of practice and theory about teaching adults science. Were you hoping that too? If so, that will only be possible if you join in the discussion. Now is the time.
I have two questions for you, and then an update on the science videos review project:
1. Have you been thinking about -- and using -- science content standards? If so, what standards? The CCSS? The College and Career Ready (CCR) standards for adults? Your state K-12 or adult education standards? The Framework for K-12 Science Education (National Research Council [NRC], 2012 ? Something else? As at least one wag put it, our problem is not that we don't have standards; we have too many different and competing standards! So how are you dealing with this? If you like the standards you are using tell us about them, and why you like them.
2. Do you use project-based learning to teach science? There is evidence, from a recent study of the use of a project-based Inquiry science curriculum in urban middle school science education that "Curriculum materials with opportunities to engage in science practices are shown to have a positive impact on next generation science learning outcomes." (SRI Education Results from a one-year randomized Control Trial, Technical Report, June 2014) If you use project-based learning, what do you do, and how do you use it?
As you may know, I have been working as a volunteer with a small group of volunteer science teachers here who have built an adult education science teaching (free) online videos list and who have been reviewing some of these videos. (See my earlier posts to get the web addresses for the list and the reviews.) I am also beginning to present the list and the video reviews to other adult education science teachers and professional developers in various conferences. (NCTN Open Education Resources webinar on October 21st, NCTN annual conference in November, free NJALL Webinar in Webinar, and I hope next spring at COABE in Colorado, and at the Massachusetts MCAE Network conference.) Perhaps others. It would be great to meet you at one of these. The upcoming webinars are free!
Most important to me, however, and I hope for you, is to realize the potential of this CoP for building a highly interactive community of teachers of science to adults. Now is the time. You are the one(s) to make this happen. You can start by replying to one of my earlier posts about the science videos, by replying to one or both of my questions in this post, or by raising your own questions here.
David J. Rosen