Prospective teachers in colleges and universities may have only high school science courses behind them. Experienced teachers who are certified in other fields may find themselves teaching science. Veteran science teachers or scientists who aspire to teach may have a strong but traditional science background or may be teaching a science different from their background.
As always happens when two kindergarten teachers get together our conversation drifted to the classroom. Bill talked about how current trends in education nationwide have made school more stressful Investigating meaningful teaching children and for teachers.
Bill spoke, with a wistful voice, of the last few weeks of school when the children were happily engaged in an investigation of bridges.
He devoted long stretches of time each day to this interesting project and noticed that the children were working with more self-directed independence and that many yearlong social tensions seemed to dissipate.
Bill as the children call him wrote to all of the families on his class list informing them of this project and encouraging the children to think about playgrounds during their summer vacation.
So far, the email responses from parents indicate that they are mostly concerned that their children have fun, enjoy school and grow as a person. During the week before school was to begin, Bill started getting the classroom set up.
To support play and explorations, it was important to leave ample room for extensive block building and also for dramatic play, science and art.
This became quite a challenge.
I remembered so well wanting to stretch out the walls of my classroom, giving enough room for all my centers and maintaining a sense of space and openness.
Doing this also created more area for a spacious block-building center. When I visited Bill, the day before school was to open, he was in the midst of getting ready for the children…. Time to begin unpacking! Time out for a song!
A place to meet, to talk, to listen, to read, to play A place to meet, to sing, to talk, to playProject-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered pedagogy that involves a dynamic classroom approach in which it is believed that students acquire a deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges and problems.
Students learn about a subject by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, challenge, or problem. engaging in meaningful, coherent, inquiry-oriented science teaching (Appleton, ).
Beginning elementary teachers, in particular, face challenges in engaging in effective science teaching (Davis, Petish, & Smithey, ). Investigating Investigations is the curriculum used by Eastern’s Child and Family Development Resource Center (CFDRC). The curriculum was developed by CFDRC teachers and administrators in partnership with Dr.
Jeffrey Trawick-Smith. Investigating Disciplinary Literacy provides practical, research-based guidance for teachers seeking to strengthen students’ reading, writing, and communication skills in subjects from the humanities to the sciences.
The authors present a framework for conducting professional development cycles based on disciplinary literacy-related learning and district-based research projects they have.
Angie teaches in a self-contained classroom and felt for a meaningful and worthwhile teaching and learning experience, a teacher’s passion and having an atmosphere of . Investigating Meaningful Teaching 2 The world of teaching is a special place that is not for everyone.
From the outside many people do not view or respect teachers as .