April 20, 2019

#11836 Learn How to Implement a High-Quality, NGSS-Designed Life Science Unit in Your High School Classroom

Teachers will be trained to teach the high-quality high school evolution unit Why Don’t Antibiotics Work Anymore? which helps students develop models to explain how bacteria change over time.

This high school unit on natural selection and evolution starts out with students exploring the case of a young girl with a life-threatening infection of pan-resistant bacteria. This case sparks questions that lead them to investigate the growing prevalence of such cases and discrepancies between antibiotic use in their communities and CDC recommendations. As they develop a model to explain how bacteria populations change over time, students expand their investigations to look at whether similar population changes are occurring in a population of birds. This unit addresses high school performance expectations HS-LS4-1 through HS-LS4-5.

Join us to learn from a local high school teacher who piloted the unit in his classroom. He will share valuable insights he gained while teaching this unit to his students. Teachers will conduct several of the investigations included in the unit and also gain valuable productive talk and modeling strategies to help students model and discuss phenomena and scientific concepts. Additional strategies, which are embedded in the unit, will also be highlighted including the use of a driving question board, building consensus discussions, a model tracker, and more. Participants will receive the entire unit which includes an extensive teacher guide for all of the lessons.

One graduate credit from University of St. Francis College of Education (Joliet, IL) is available for an additional $100 fee. 

Date: July 10 & 11, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM (both days)

Location: WIU Moline, Riverfront Room 104

Cost: $150.00

Hours: 13

Audience: 9th – 12th grade Teachers and Administrators

Presenter: Courtney Stone and Amy Sandgren

Registration Deadline: 7/3/2019

 

#11835 Experience an NGSS-Designed Unit on Forces and Learn how to Implement this Unit in your Middle School Classroom

Teachers will be trained to teach the middle school NGSS unit How Can A Magnet Move Another Object Without Touching It? which helps students develop models to explain phenomena related to magnetic forces. Students are presented with an anchoring phenomenon focusing on the vibration of a speaker membrane and asked to think about what causes this vibration. Students dissect a variety of speakers to explore the inner workings. Students investigate and manipulate the parts (e.g. changing the strength of the magnet, number of coils, battery size) to see how changing one part of the system affects the speaker’s sound quality.

Through a series of hand-on investigations, students:

  • refine a model about forces (pushes and pulls) that includes magnetic forces interacting at a distance via fields that extend through space,
  • revise a model for explaining magnetic forces to include electromagnets that act like permanent magnets in many ways, but can be manipulated by changing an electrical current, and
  • apply their model to explain speaker technology and extend this to related phenomena that use magnetic forces to push or pull objects at a distance.

As students revise their explanatory models over time, students apply what they have learned to construct and test a homemade speaker.

This unit builds toward the following middle school performance expectations:

MS-PS2-3 Ask questions about data to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces. MS-PS2-5 Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between existing forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact.

Join us to learn from a local middle school teacher who piloted the unit in her classroom. She will share valuable insights she gained while teaching this unit to her students. Teachers will conduct several of the investigations included in the unit and also gain valuable productive talk and modeling strategies to help students model and discuss phenomena and scientific concepts. Participants will receive the entire unit which includes an extensive teacher guide for all 12 lessons. One graduate credit from University of St. Francis College of Education (Joliet, IL) is available for an additional $100 fee.

Date: July 10 & 11, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM (both days)

Location: WIU Moline, Riverfront Room 103

Cost: $150.00

Hours: 13

Audience: 6th – 8th grade Teachers and Administrators

Presenter: Sara Ryner and Amy Sandgren

Registration Deadline: 7/3/2019

 

#11834 Make Science Meaningful for all Students: Engaging NGSS Strategies for K-12 Classrooms

Create a science classroom that motivates students to figure out science concepts on their own, answering their own questions and explaining meaningful real world phenomena. Make your NGSS classroom come alive with student driven instructional strategies. This workshop will help you create a classroom culture where students engage in the three dimensions of NGSS, collaboratively work to understand phenomena utilizing productive science talk strategies, driving question boards, incremental model trackers and more! These strategies are based on current research about high-quality implementation of the new science standards which provide students with the motivation and tools to ask questions, investigate & analyze, and take part in science argumentation in order to construct scientific explanations of authentic science phenomena.

The following strategies will be addressed during the workshop through authentic science experiences with examples from each grade band (and are directly applicable for all science classrooms kindergarten through high school):

  • Coherent unit development with grade-appropriate, three-dimensional instruction
  • Productive science talk
  • Student modeling and model trackers
  • Student questions and the Driving Question Board
  • Phenomenon routines
  • Summary tables, science notebooks and more!

Date: June 18, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Location: WIU Moline, Riverfront Room 103/104

Cost: $75.00

Hours: 6.5

Audience: K-12 Teachers and Administrators

Presenter: Sara Ryner and Amy Sandgren

Registration Deadline: 6/11/2019