How does science education work?
August 19, 2012 5:44 PM Subscribe
What's important for me to know about being a science teacher, since I've only taught math but will now be training teachers of both contents?
posted by violetish to Education (2 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Soon, I'll be teaching a pedagogy class to secondary (grades 6-12) math and science teachers. I have extensive experience around math and math education, but my knowledge around science is limited. I'm not as concerned with science content as I am about science pedagogy - that is, what do I need to know about teaching science, that math teachers wouldn't necessarily know about?
What I feel like I know about so far:
-best practices that generally transcend content areas - writing objectives, checking for understanding, building classroom culture, classroom management, etc etc
-general best practice around inquiry-based learning, investigations, groupwork, since I did a lot of that when I taught math and have learned so much more since then (but I'd love to hear about these more specifically for science teachers)
-general best practice around literacy, and promoting literacy across contents (though again, feel free to point me to specific science-literary resources)
What I've been looking into:
-science standards for my state
-5E, 7E models
One big hole (at least, from my point of view) in my current understanding is around logistics: what does it look like, running a lab? What does it look like, planning a science lesson around the 5- or 7-E models? (Sure, it can vary from teacher to teacher/school to school, etc, but seriously, whatever you think is a good resource I will look at!) But I'm also sure I have other holes without realizing it.
So: what don't I know about teaching science since I've never done it before? I'm interested in hearing about your experiences around teaching science, and any links/books you'd recommend as resources for me or for the new teachers I'll be working with.