|ITE Middle School Science: 6th Grade - Online
The 2020 TCU Institute for Teaching Excellence: Middle School Science will acquaint teachers with middle school science practices and their correlation to national and local content standards via online meeting interface. Participants will take an in-depth look at national and local content standards and how they are organized. Additionally, correlation will be made between national and local standards to identify “crosswalks” for the teacher to move toward enhancing current curriculum. Each of the days will address a different topics found in Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science while targeting critical areas with activities that focus reading, inquiry, and the math skills of science strategies. These strategy sessions are designed to enhance a Texas middle school learning environment by moving from teacher-centered to student-centered instruction. Student-centered concept delivery will also be offered in a daily session to help teachers assist students toward skills needed in classes that follow, which require acquisition of these skills. Select inquiry labs that correlate to TEKS will be offered via synchronous demonstration followed by asynchronous individual investigation. Inquiry findings and conclusion will be debriefed in a final synchronous session to end each day where challenges and accomplishments will be shared in an online group setting. The main goal of inquiry investigation will be performed to support teachers moving from guided to more open-inquiry labs for their students. Exam strategies will also be included to help the teacher assist their students toward success by using various test taking practices for future Texas standardized testing and AP exams that will be experienced later by some of these students. Participants are asked to have a calculator and personal protective equipment for laboratory activities. A list a materials that can be obtained, from local markets and supply stores, will be provided so participants are able to obtain needed supplies to complete the asynchronous lab experiences. Through practice, sharing of ideas, discussions, and modeling, it is the intention that participants will become more skilled in instructing their students to become more successful in achieving the skills to be more successful in the Texas middle school classroom and future AP Science programs of study.