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Research-based strategies for K-12 science educators

This online program consists of four online workshops, “Science: A Work in Progress”, “That’s So Meta(cognitive)!!”, “Fired up about Energy”, and “Conceptual Change: How New Ideas Take Root?”, supporting important ideas on the science of teaching science. Each workshop is based on ideas presented in Good Thinking! an original animated series developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) and FableVision Studios as a professional development resource for K-12 science educators.

Good Thinking! brings viewers into the classroom of science educator Isabella Reyes as she explores “the science of teaching science.” Drawing from peer-reviewed research in science, cognition, and pedagogy, Good Thinking! distills valuable findings from hard-to-access journal articles to reveal common student misconceptions and promote effective classroom practices.

The format and organization of the workshops are designed to allow individuals to successfully complete the online learning activities independently as a self-paced class, without the need for outside input or feedback. At the same time, this format was designed to flexibly fit into PLC meetings, PD workshops, or any time that you and your colleagues can meet to absorb some new ideas and discuss your experiences as educators. While the content of the series is relevant to all levels of instruction, teachers working at the oldest and youngest ends of the K-12 range may need to include additional discussion during the post-viewing conversation that addresses the implications of the videos for their specific grade level.

Each workshop stands alone as a complete activity and can be taken in any order.

What you'll learn

  • How to identify student misconceptions and mental models in science.
  • How to develop plans for using the identified student misconceptions and mental models to teach new ideas.
  • How to apply the instructional strategies presented in the videos to planning new instruction.

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Hours 16
Instructors Jean Flanagan, Smithsonian Science Education Center
Language English
Subjects Education

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From The Smithsonian Institution via edX
Hours 16
Instructors Jean Flanagan, Smithsonian Science Education Center
Language English
Subjects Education

Careers

An overview of related careers and their average salaries in the US. Bars indicate income percentile (33rd - 99th).

Assistant Undergraduate Student Fellow $6k

Staff Student Writer $41k

Elementary 3Rd Grade Student $45k

High School Student Affairs Officer $47k

Staff Full Time Student Contractor $50k

Assistant Student Services Coordinator Lead $55k

Student Technician Lead $64k

Temporary Full Time Student Consultant $71k

Acting Student Manager $74k

Training & Documentation Specialist (Student Financial Services) Consultant $96k

Web Development Immersive Student Consultant $131k

Computer Science Student Manager $183k

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