Workshops and Institutes
Using Educator’s Guides to Teach Secondary Space Science
August 7, 2013
In this one-day workshop, middle and high school teachers will explore ways to use the revised Educator’s Guide for the Cullman Hall of the Universe. The hall presents exhibits for examining essential questions about Space Science. During the session we will look at ways to uncover student misconceptions and engage in and discuss pre-, during, and post-visit activities for middle and high school field trips.
The guide for the Hall of the Universe presents activities for teaching about the formation and organization of planets, stars, galaxies and the Universe. These activities will be modeled during the workshop along with strategies for probing students’ prior understandings and misconceptions. Discussions with colleagues will provide an opportunity for teachers to differentiate lessons for their students.
Teachers will receive copies of the Educator’s Guide as well as a set of resources that include, essays, videos, scientific journal articles, and a flash drive containing digital resources such as SMART board materials and images from the exhibits. In addition teachers will take home a volume of pre-instruction assessment probes from the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series.
This workshop is for teachers of grades 6-12.
Funding for the Educator’s Guides has been provided through the generous support of The Louis Calder Foundation.