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Methods of Teaching Science/Biology in the Secondary School
EEND and MEDU-691/BIOL-390
- Template 2021
- Section TMPL
- 3 Credits
- 03/29/2021 to 07/29/2100
- Modified 08/15/2023
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Examines methods and techniques for teaching science to middle grades and high school students. Focus will be upon laboratory experiences, teaching in the field, applications of the scientific inquiry method, use of technology, questioning and listening skills, delivery methods, differentiation, instructional planning, and assessment procedures. Classroom organization and management, relevant content and instructional standards, and professional development are also addressed.
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- Demonstrate the ability to integrate courses in the Science content area, Mathematical instruction, and other disciplines in a manner adhering to the goals and standards for teaching Science. (NSTA 1.0)
- Plan instruction of the science content area utilizing a variety of teaching methods and strategies by incorporating instructional technology, educational materials, and scientific equipment. (NSTA 2.0)
- Apply strategies to engage students in effective scientific inquiry and convey the understanding of the role inquiry plays in the acquisition of knowledge. (NSTA 3.0)
Serving the Community
- Utilize parents and community resource connections to enhance the science education learning environment. (NSTA 7.0)
Finding Our Professional Selves
- Identify and implement multiple types of assessment to provide opportunities for students to demonstrate learning and to acquire data for instructional improvement. (NSTA 8.0)
- Relate scientific knowledge to other academic disciplines, particularly Mathematics and Social Sciences, through cooperative relationships and communications with educational professionals and to investigate current trends and issues in Science education. (NSTA 10.0)
Access to standards referenced in this section can be found HERE
By the conclusion of the course candidates will be able to:
- Prepare appropriate and adequately constructed lesson plans that include behavioral/instructional objectives, curriculum content and materials, teaching strategies assessments to meet the needs of large groups, small groups, and individual students.
- Design a minimum of one multi-dimensional unit of study within the biological or general sciences content area.
- Develop and apply techniques of teaching biology as a laboratory science.
- Write instructional objectives for use in the implementation of science learning standards and benchmarks in a middle or high school classroom.
- Plan and teach lessons using a variety of teaching methods and strategies to encourage inquiry-based learning.
- Design a lesson plan utilizing technology in a multimedia instructional approach to teaching science.
- Select materials related to students’ interests and promote career exploration in the Field of Science.
- Design multiple assessments to address the different learning needs of a diverse student population.
- Engage in professional development by investigating current trends in science education, communicate and build cooperative relationships with professionals in science and other academic disciplines.
- Develop and maintain artifacts that relate to the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards for inclusion in a professional portfolio.
Illinois Professional Teaching Standards Addressed
- Introduced (I), Developing (D), Proficient (P)
- Proficient: 1a,1b, 1d, 1e, 1f, 1g, 1h, 1i, 1j, 1k, 1l, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 3f, 3g, 3i, 3j, 3k, 3m, 3n, 3o, 3p, 3q
NSTA Standards for Science Teachers Addressed
- 2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4a, 4b, 4c
NGSS standards Addressed
- MS-LS1, MS-LS 2, MS-LS 3, MS-LS4, MS-LS4; HS- LS1, HS-LS2, HS-LS3, HS-LS4
Candidates will respond to discussion prompts and engage in discourse with their classmates and instructor.
Lesson Plan/Unit Review, Analysis & Development
Candidates will create and evaluate instructional lessons for grades 6-12 utilizing the NBSS Standards.
- Course Outcome: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
- NSTA: 2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4a, 4b, 4c
- NGSS Standards: MS-LS1, MS-LS 2, MS-LS 3, MS-LS4, MS-LS4; HS- LS1, HS-LS2, HS-LS3, HS-LS4
- Illinois Professional Teaching Standards: 1a,1b, 1d, 1e, 1f, 1g, 1h, 1i, 1j, 1k, 1l, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 3f, 3g, 3i, 3j, 3k, 3m, 3n, 3o, 3p, 3q
Candidates will analyze, reflect and critique laboratory safety scenarios.
- Course Outcome: 3,10
- NSTA 3d, 4a, 4b, 4c
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