Discover Science Everywhere

Discover Science Everywhere

1 graduate credit
Instructor: Marni Pingel

The course will help the elementary/middle teacher discover that science is everywhere. Once understanding the scientific method and how widely it is used, the course will also provide comprehensive lessons to teach all the steps of the scientific method, which meets many process learning benchmarks in many districts. Finally, the course will guide the teacher in creating a classroom-wide science fair, which will help students apply their knowledge.

Instructor Bio

Marni Pingel

Marni Pingel received her Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master's in Professional Development from the University of WisconsinóLa Crosse.

She is currently a second and third grade multiage teacher in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and continues to facilitate teachers’ learning about authentic literacy instruction through her involvement with the Into the Book Program (http://reading.ecb.org).

She also helped create the Science of Flight kit in conjunction with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). In her spare time, she enjoys being outside with her daughter, Ella, and her husband, Kevin.

Course Syllabus

Course Introduction

This course will help the elementary teacher discover that science is everywhere. Once understanding the scientific method and how widely it is used, the course will also provide comprehensive lessons to teach all the steps of the scientific method, which meets many process learning benchmarks in many districts. Finally, the course will guide the teacher in creating a classroom-wide science fair, which will help students apply their knowledge.

Objectives:

  1. Gain an understanding of the versatility of science.
  2. Explore the scientific method and its steps.
  3. Know ways to teach the steps of the scientific method.
  4. Explore science fairs and their application in the elementary grades.

CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK

The Adams State College Graduate Studies in Education has adopted a Teacher As A Reflective Decision Make Model and the Wisconsin Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure, as known as INTASC (Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) Standards. Each course is designed to contribute to the development of one or more of the WI/INTASC Standards and if applicable, IRA and/or ISLLC Standards.

Franciscan values permeate the program. The focus of every professional education course is on the learning of the PK-12 pupil. Viterbo education courses infuse constructivist practices, use of technology, PK-12 collaboration, awareness of diversity, traditional and authentic assessment, research and real-world experiences into the professional development of the teacher.

INTASC STANDARDS

All of the INTASC Standards are infused in this course at some level. The first, second, fourth, seventh, and tenth standards are focused on in this course:

1st : The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.

2nd : The teacher understands how children and youth learn and develop and can provide learning opportunities that support their intellectual, social and personal development.

4th : The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage the students' development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.

7th : The teacher plans and manages instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, the community, and curriculum goals.

10th : A teacher communicates and interacts with parents/guardians, families, school colleagues, and the community to support the students' learning and well being.

OUTLINE OF CONTENT

The first lesson discusses the nature of science and its versatility in every aspect of our lives. Incorporating interesting interviews with a variety of people, the adult learner will explore science around them, as well as share kid-friendly science interviews with their students. The second lesson delves deeper into the most versatile piece of science, the scientific method. Each step will be defined in detail, which stems to the third lesson, which gives educators opportunities to teach each step of the scientific method to their students. This third lesson also incorporates a comprehensive look at Microsoft Excel, which is an adequate program for graphically displaying data. The last two lesson focus on implementing a science fair for students to apply their knowledge of the scientific process.

METHODOLOGY

The course will be provided at the student's convenience via on-line during a six-week period with opportunities to share and discuss ideas with the Instructor.

TEXTBOOK

Please see "Grading" tab for required readings and assignments.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & RECOMMENDATIONS

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Graduate Credit

1 graduate credit
Adams State College tuition: $55

Graduate level credit is provided through Adams State College. The Department of Teacher Education at Adams State College is accredited nationally by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and has program authorization from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE).

To be eligible to receive credit, students must do the following:

  1. Pay the online course fee by purchasing a course activation code on this web site (AdamsStateOnline.com).
     
  2. Pay the tuition fee by registering as a student on the Adams.edu web site. Pay tuition by visiting the Adams State College registration form.
     
  3. Complete the online course at a satisfactory level of assessment, according to the completion requirements outlined by the instructor on the course syllabus.

It does not matter in what order the two payments are performed.

Registering for credit from Adams State College is optional.

Course Dates

Students are given a 2-month period in which to finish each course. Courses are offered continually throughout the year. Each enrollment period starts on the 1st of the month and ends two months later. Enrollment periods are listed below.

Students can enroll in a current enrollment period anytime between the 1st through the 10th of the month. Enrollments submitted after the 10th of the month will be moved to the next enrollment period.

For example, if a student registers for a class on January 2nd, he/she will be enrolled in the Jan.–Feb. enrollment period. If a student registers for a class January 11th, he/she will be enrolled in the Feb.–Mar. enrollment period.

Students moved to the next enrollment period will have to wait until the 1st day of the month to obtain access to their course.

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SKU SCED589-V105
ASC Tuition 55.00
 
Online course fee: $140.00
 
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