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A Broad Approach to Mentoring in an Inquiry-Focused Early Teaching Experience. Laura Lising and Cody Sandifer Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences Towson Unviversity Introduction The science teaching reform movement in the U.S. is well organized and strong, with clear standards and benchmarks laid out in the National Science Education Standards (NSES) [1] and Project 2061 Benchmarks for Science Literacy [2].

A Broad Approach to Mentoring in an Inquiry-Focused Early Teaching Experience

The results of a wealth of research point to a need for transforming classroom science teaching from traditional lecture and rote learning environments to student- and idea-centered inquiry learning environments. Like many other institutions, Towson University has been working to meet the challenge of nurturing inquiry appreciation and expertise in our elementary education graduates. With funding from the APS’s, AAPT’s, and AIP’s Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) program [3], Towson has reformed its elementary science education program [4], focusing primarily on our early teaching experience course.

Background References Footnote. PATHWAY: The Pathway to Inquiry Based Science Teaching. Teachers are playing a central role in our education system.

PATHWAY: The Pathway to Inquiry Based Science Teaching

They are the link between theory and practice and act both as mentors and mediators. As the world is developing rapidly, for students it is important to have a mentor, who provides education that brings knowledge and everyday life together.4 Therefore professional development after preservice teacher education at university becomes extremely important to meet today’s requirements of the European education system. It is further crucial to consistently renew the initial teacher education through in-service training to conform teacher education to the latest educational standards of a rapidly changing world. As stated by Jarvis and Pell5 the cognitive level achieved by students is related to the competence of their teachers.

Present professional development programs provide an opportunity for teachers to pay more attention on the development of students’ high level skills. Inquiry_implementation. Aets2004. The Complete Guide To Twitter Hashtags For Education. What is a hashtag?

The Complete Guide To Twitter Hashtags For Education

A word or phrase preceded by a “#.” How do hashtags work? Twitter can be a busy place with lots of tweets–and thus lots of “noise.” A #hashtag is a way to aggregate tweets that are appended with a hashtag. Picture it like a magnet that attracts all messages categorized by that topical word or phrase. Who can use hashtags? Anyone. What else do I need to know? Don’t hashtag spam–if your tweet doesn’t add to that hashtag’s topic, discussion, or user base, don’t add the hashtag.Use more than one hashtag if it applies to more than one topic, but choose wisely. Meeting Times Many of the hashtags have “meeting times” where educators agree to “meet and tweet”–that is, send out messages on a topic at a certain time on a certain day.

If you do participate at the agreed upon time, you’ll see the tweets stream in live and participate in said conversation (via twitter) in what is nearly real-time. Updated: Added #edcamp, #ukedchat, #whatisschool Popular Hashtags Trends General Content Areas. Pseudoteaching. Teaching as a dynamic activity.

Pseudoteaching was a concept I have understood and been wary of for a long time.

Teaching as a dynamic activity

However, only recently was I able to put a name to the phenomena thanks to a conversation I had with Frank Noschese. This post is one of several being written about the notion of pseudoteaching today. Please check out the other posts by visiting the pseudoteaching link page. Before getting started, I should probably explain what I mean by a demo. Obviously, “demo” is short for demonstration. So, how is teaching with demos pseudoteaching? Demos as Pseudoteaching Demos are highly entertaining to witness.

Go back and watch a few of the demos from sciencefix.com. Perhaps more problematic than the “simply explain” approach to demos is the previously mentioned use of demos for entertainment. Effective use of demos Importantly, I am not advocating that teachers not use demos in their classroom. Start by asking questions to get students to make observation and make predictions. Summary/Conclusion Like this: Physics. Homepage. Circuit Construction Kit (DC Only) - Electricity, Circuits, Current. Topics Circuits Light Bulbs Batteries Switches Ammeter Voltmeter Description An electronics kit in your computer!

Circuit Construction Kit (DC Only) - Electricity, Circuits, Current

Build circuits with resistors, light bulbs, batteries, and switches. Take measurements with the realistic ammeter and voltmeter. Sample Learning Goals Discuss basic electricity relationships.Build circuits from schematic drawings.Use an ammeter and voltmeter to take readings in circuits.Provide reasoning to explain the measurements and relationships in circuits.Discuss basic electricity relationships in series and parallel circuits.Provide reasoning to explain the measurements in circuits.Determine the resistance of common objects in the "Grab Bag. " Physics. Circuit testing device.