The Art and Craftsmanship of Teaching
Examining all aspects of effective instruction, the art and craftsmanship strand will combine pedagogy, assessment, best practices, and informational feedback to increase students' ability to reason, communicate, think critically, and appreciate science in our ever-changing global society. This strand will concentrate on the processes and skills of high-quality science instruction.
Combining Science with Agriculture
The United States is a world leader in agriculture (e.g., farming, ranching, fisheries, biofuels, forestry, and sustainability). This success is grounded in scientific research, technology innovations, engineering development, and mathematical modeling. Agriculture is a transdisciplinary field that requires the ability to use all STEM disciplines as evidenced by the areas of community gardening efforts, precision farming, remote sensing, climate change, genetically modified crops, forestry, food safety, water cycle and usage, soil quality, invasive species, and animal husbandry to mention only a few connections. This strand will increase participants’ understanding of the importance of agriculture in the United States and provide them with relevant and meaningful applications for the classroom.
Achieving Success with the NGSS
Effective science instruction integrates the three dimensions of the science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. This shifts the focus in the science classroom to an environment where students are asking questions, carrying out investigations, developing models, and constructing explanations to explain phenomena and solve problems in ways that build their understanding of core ideas. This environment also allows students to work collaboratively, communicate effectively, problem solve, and make decisions. This strand is intended to provide educators and stakeholders with strategies to move students beyond the traditional classroom and prepare them to thrive in a global economy.
K–12 Science Coordinator
Columbia Public Schools
1818 W. Worely
Columbia, MO 65203