Weather for K-8 Preservice Teachers
Weather for K-8 Pre-service Teachers is the atmospheric science content course in the integrated science teacher development sequence. The course uses hands-on, inquiry-based laboratory experiments in a combined three-hour lecture/lab format that introduces students to weather, to the climate and human interactions with it and to dependence on the atmospheric system. A constructivist pedagogical approach to teaching is modeled for students who have not yet had an introduction to the practice of education at this point in their program. Students prepare a detailed classroom lesson related to the course content, but do not actually engage in clinical activities with students at this point in their program.
For Dr. Mattox's reflections on the course and its design, see Weather for K-8 Teachers: Role in the Course.
- Increase content knowledge about the atmosphere, weather, and climate.
- Increase confidence in presenting science in the classroom.
- Increase knowledge of methods used to teach science and assess learning.
- Compile existing teaching resources and develop new inquiry-based classroom activities.
- Make students fluent in Michigan science standards and familiar with the MI Educational Assessment Program.
- Syllabus & Schedule (Microsoft Word 49kB Jan4 06) Listing of course requirements and timeline of course activities.
- Integrated Science Lesson Format (Microsoft Word 41kB Jan4 06) Format for student-generated lessons program-wide.
- Scoring Rubric (Microsoft Word 60kB Jan4 06) Integrated science scoring rubric.