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Summer 2014: Science and Engineering Practices Workshops

 

Science and Engineering Practices:  Explanations and Argumentation

Date:  June 16 (9:00 – 4:00) & 17 (8:00 – 3:00)

Location: UW Oshkosh

Cost: $150 (optional graduate credit is available for an additional $150 fee).

Registration: Click here to be notified when registration opens or e-mail brunsele@uwosh.edu.

Facilitators:  Chad Janowski (Shawano Area School District) & Eric Brunsell (UW O)

“Theory-making,” or the use of evidence to explain the natural world is at the core of the nature of science.  The Next Generation Science Standards identifies this in the Science and Engineering Practices as the process of creating explanations and engaging in argumentation.  Additionally, argumentation is central to the literacy standards for science and technical subjects as described in the Common Core State Standards for English and Language Arts.  This professional development experience is appropriate for any teacher of science in K-12.  We will use break out groups to explore age appropriate examples.

Participants in this experience will learn how scientists use evidence and how this can be translated into age-appropriate classroom activities.  Participants will explore the following questions:

  • What are scientific explanations and arguments?
  • How can existing inquiry activities be modified to focus on scientific argumentation?
  • How can students’ capacity to use evidence be built throughout the school year?
  • In what ways can teachers assess students’ ability to create explanations and engage in argumentation?

 

 

Science and Engineering Practices:  Modeling

Date:  June 18 (9:00 – 4:00) & 19 (8:00 – 3:00)

Location: UW Oshkosh

Cost: $150 (optional graduate credit is available for an additional $150 fee).

Registration: Click here to be notified when registration opens or e-mail brunsele@uwosh.edu.

Facilitators:  Chad Janowski (Shawano Area School District) & Eric Brunsell (UW O)

Scientists use models to represent a system to help develop questions, generate data, and create explanations.  Models are developed using evidence from that natural world and are refined by comparing predictions with the real world.  Student use of models is critical for students science learning and is described in the Science and Engineering Practices of the Next Generation Science Standards. This professional development experience is appropriate for any teacher of science in K-12.  Break out sessions will be used to explore age appropriate examples.

Participants in this experience will learn how to help students use models to understand scientific concepts. Participants will explore the following questions:

  • What are common age-appropriate models in K-12 Science?
  • How can we develop students’ capacity to use models throughout the school year?
  • In what ways can teachers assess students’ abilities to use models?

 

 

 

WSST 2014 Conference (credit info & workshop resources)

Credit information (due by March 26, 2014)

Registration Directions <> Registration Form <> Syllabus

Unit planning Workshop

Presentation <>  Handout <> Additional Resources

Course Mapping Roundtable

Presentation <> NSTA DCI Matrix <> NGSS PE Search Tool <> Resources

 

NGSS & Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Science Comparison

 

Wisconsin Model Academic Standards of Science and the Next Generation Science Standards Content Analysis (pdf)

This document provides a standard by standard comparison of the current Wisconsin science standards to the recently released Next Generation Science Standards.  This document is not an official report from either the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction or Achieve, Inc.

 

Other NGSS Resources

 

 

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STEM: Science-Technology-Engineering-Math

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Developing sustainable partnerships focused on raising STEM awareness in the community, enabling innovations in STEM education, and improving STEM teacher preparation.