Methods for Teaching Secondary Earth Science
This class will introduce the student to: science content standards, hands-on activities, demos, laboratory organization, projects, assessments, differentiation, writing in science, technology, and homework. The preservice teacher should leave the class feeling prepared to student teach Earth Science. Course Prerequisites: ESSC 212 and CURR 305
For Dr. Rutherford's reflections on the course and its design, see Methods for Teaching Secondary Earth Science: Role in the Program.
- use the blackboard or overhead effectively
- use PowerPoint
- speak in front of other students
- design a lesson plan
- alter a "cookbook laboratory" into an inquiry laboratory
- participate in a mock job interview
- learn the value of hands-on; minds-on activities
- find appropriate resources for teaching earth science
- understand laboratory safety
- become aware of the creativity involved with teaching
- increase their awareness of the kind of teacher they want to be with respect to rules and classroom organization
- improve their professional behaviors
- Activities for high school students including laboratories, projects, and demos
- Assessments for high school students including
- authentic, formative
- rubrics and grading
- Differentiation for high school students including
- special education
- Writing in Science
- Technology in Science
- General Skills of Teaching
- 5 E instructional model
Syllabus (Acrobat (PDF) 39kB Apr25 07)
For an example activity from this course, see Movie Clip Lesson Plan
The students have a variety of assignments to determine whether they understand earth science content with respect to a lesson plan. They have several opportunities for presentations and for being creative.
Most important are the new assessments they must pass to pass the course for NCATE. There are 4 assessments in this class. A general lesson plan, an inquiry lesson plan, a reflection of their work and their professional behavior disposition form.
References and Notes:
- Live Text subscription—This course requires a Live Text subscription. You must use Live Text for one or more assessments in order to pass this course. Live Text costs each student $66.75 for a five year subscription (or $81.75 if you add Untied Streaming video capabilities). United Streaming is not mandatory however it is a very powerful resource that you will want to consider purchasing.
- Content Textbook such as Earth Science by Tarbuck and Lutgens, 11th ed. Prentice Hall or another quality teachers edition high school earth science text no older than 1998
- Michigan State Board of Education, Michigan Goals and Objectives for Science high school http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-42814---,00.html
- National Research Council (1996) National Science Education Standards (http://www.nap.edu/readingroom/books/nses/ , Washington, D.C.
- Michigan High School Content Expectations http://www.michigan.gov/science/ http://www.michigan.gov/documents/Earth_HSCE_168206_7.pdf
My students have a course pack available on the ereserves. This is a collection of material from when I was a teacher. When they leave the class I also give them a CD with everything they have done as well as everything I used in my 8th grade earth science class. All in word files for them to alter.
I train the students in a few GLOBE protocols so they are aware GLOBE exists. They receive material from GLOBE as well. I have many earth science .pdf papers from the Science Teacher on the ereserves as well.
Of course they are introduced to SERC-CARLETON, DLESE and NDSL etc.