One of our Wall of Fame Teachers we’re profiling for Women In STEM month is Dr. Katrina Macht. You can read more about her here. And you can check out the “Adopt a Spot” activity she shared with us here.
If you want more hands-on Science teaching tips to show everyone (girls included) that they can be scientists, throughout February, Dr. Macht, is leading Science workshops through Montclair State University to help teachers spark their students’ love of Science.
All workshops focus on teaching in a remote environment. All workshop times are EST.
The meeting link and reminder will be sent the day before the session.
Certificates for PD hours will be awarded.
Tues. February 2, 4:00 – 5:15pm
Adopt-a-Spot: Outdoor Learning in the Winter Months Grades K-12
Whether they’re at home or in school, don’t let the colder months stop you from getting your students outside for science learning through journals. Adopt-a-Spot is the perfect vehicle to spark curiously and encourage students to explore their own surroundings through investigations that focus on natural phenomena.
Wed. February 3, 4:00 – 5:15pm
Argument Writing in Science using the Claim-Evidence-Reasoning Model Grades 2-8
Explanation and Argument are essential practices of not only science learning, but of all the academic disciplines. In this minds-on workshop we will explore the phenomenon of deer overpopulation to implement the CER model as scientists, readers, writers, and thinkers.
Wed. February 10, 4:00 – 5:15pm
More At-Home Simple Hands-On Investigations in Physical Science Grades 3-8
In this workshop we will focus on how to foster engaging, hands-on experiences for your students by converting simple classroom investigations into at-home investigations, using everyday objects and resources.
Thurs. February 11, 4:00 – 5:15pm
Arguing About Climate Change Grades 3-8
Explanation and Argument are essential practices of not only science learning, but of all the academic disciplines. In this minds-on workshop we will explore climate change as the phenomenon to implement the CER model as scientists, readers, writers, and thinkers.
Wed. February 17, 4:00 – 5:15pm
Getting Students to Ask their own Questions Grades K-8
Questions and questioning is at the heart of scientific inquiry and the NGSS. When we teach students to ask questions, we build upon their own innate curiosity about the world in which we live. In this workshop we will dive deeply into the QFT (Question Formulation Technique) as a method for teaching students to ask better, more probing questions in the classroom.
Thurs. February 18, 4:00 – 5:15pm
Virtual Tools to Enhance Learning: Padlet, Edpuzzle, and Pear Deck Grades K-12
Enhance your teaching toolbox with Padlet, Edpuzzle and Pear Deck, whether you are using Google Meet, Zoom, or are teaching in person. Edpuzzle is an easy-to-use tool to create interactive videos that will make your students more accountable for their learning; Pear Deck can turn your Google Slide presentations into interactive activities for your students; and Padlet is a versatile app that allows users to post on a digital wall. These tech tools are free at the basic subscription level and offer many features with no additional costs.
Wednesday, February 24, 4:00 – 5:15pm
Make Cross-Cutting Concepts Accessible to Students:
Earth Systems & Climate Change
Are you looking for ways to make the Cross-Cutting Concepts more accessible to your students? In this workshop participants will focus on systems thinking to explore how climate change is impacting Earth’s systems. We will also look at patterns, cause & effect, and stability and change in order to construct explanations for the phenomenon.