LINCS Online Course: Scientific Practices in Context: Curricular Planning and Lesson Development
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The LINCS online course: Scientific Practices in Context: Curricular Planning and Lesson Development is now available in the LINCS Learning Portal!
LINCS is adding the opportunity for professional development for its members in the form of a series of optional online courses developed by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education’s Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) Resource Collection initiative. These online courses are self-paced, freely available, and accessible 24 hours a day through the LINCS Learning Portal. The courses will enable users to work at their own pace, at a time that is most convenient to them.
Online Course: Scientific Practices in Context: Curricular Planning and Lesson Development
Building on the first LINCS online science course, Engaging Adult Learners in Science, which provided a rationale for teaching science in the adult basic education/adult secondary education (ABE/ASE) classroom, this course provides guidance on where to find credible science resources, and an introduction to teaching science in context. In addition, this course reviews the teaching and learning cycle, focusing on curriculum design including lesson planning and development within the context of an adult education science unit. The course is self-paced and features three modules: (1) Using Science for Contextualized Instruction; (2) Applying the Teaching and Learning Cycle Model; and (3) Planning a Science Unit. The modules link to this discussion thread (Title: LINCS Online Course: Scientific Practices in Context: Curricular Planning and Lesson Development) within the LINCS Community Science group to provide opportunities for you to discuss how to apply the course information in your teaching with your colleagues from around the country.
Use this discussion thread to post your responses to the questions below from the LINCS online course, Scientific Practices in Context: Curricular Planning and Lesson Develop. Please share your comments to any of the following questions, or post a general comment or feedback on the course.
- Introduce yourself.
- You’ve seen some examples of science as a context for instruction. How have you used science in your classroom as a context for instruction? What was the result?
- Having explored the printable list of web-based resources for kitchen science activities, which pages, activities, or demonstrations were the most useful to you in your classroom? What other web-based resources have you found for kitchen science activities?
- As you examine the Environmental Issues Unit, post your responses to the following questions: (1) How does the unit flow? Is there a progression of content? Skills? Would you order the lessons differently? (2) How does the teacher sequence the introduction of each of the scientific practices over the course of the unit? Does the sequence have a logic that you can follow? (3) Which of the scientific practices are revisited? Why would these seem to be high-yield practices that warrant more attention? (4) Do you believe that the unit as a whole will meet the goals of the teacher? Why or why not? (5) What additional topics would you include in a unit on environmental issues for adult learners?
- Share your unit’s big vision and high-level learning objectives with the group.
- Share your lesson plan with the group.
- Return to this discussion in a couple of months and reflect on the effectiveness of your science lesson plan: What worked well? What could be improved?
This online course was developed under the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education’s Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) Resource Collection initiative under Contract No. ED-VAE-11-C-0048.
The new LINCS Learning Portal offers adult educators free online professional development courses from a variety of OVAE initiatives. Join today at: https://courses.lincs.ed.gov.