Upton Academy Workshop

Western Michigan Universityıs Southwest Campus

 

SCI 570 Life Science for Elementary Educators (3 credits)

 

Instructor:

Class Meets:

Dr. David W. Rudge

June 27-July 8, 2005

Department of Biological Sciences, WMU

9:00-3:00 pm

Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5410

Rm. 1303

david.rudge@wmich.edu

FAX: (269) 387-5609

 

Course Description:

"This course will involve participants in several activities especially designed to help them achieve and understanding of some of the important concepts of biology. The course is designed and taught to address the needs of K-12 teachers. It is a variable topics course and may be repeated for credit if different topics are involved. Intended for

delivery in a one-to-two week format." (2004-6 WMU Graduate Catalogue, p. 96)

Prerequisites

Teacher certification or baccalaureate plus work towards certification.

Required Texts/Materials: A course pack of materials will be distributed during our first

meeting.

Course Rationale

In SCI 570 we will explore how scientists study phenomena in the biological subdisciplines of anatomy and physiology, ecology genetics, molecular and cell biology, and evolution with reference to state and national benchmarks for scientific literacy. This course has also been developed to help participants become self-reflective about how

children learn biology and the implications of these reflections for teaching practice.

Course Objectives for SCI 570

Participants will:

1)      develop a deeper, more meaningful understanding of basic biological concepts deemed essential for K-6 instruction with reference to state and national education

standards;

2)      refine their understanding of scientific inquiry and inquiry-based science instruction;

3)      reflect upon the nature and practice of biology as a process rather than a body of

disconnected facts to be memorized;

4)      become familiar with typical misconceptions children have about biological

phenomena and processes;

5)      develop appropriate instructional materials that support meaningful learning

that are aligned with state and national science education standards

6)      develop a strategy for how to assess the efficacy of these materials in their own classroom.

Instructional Methods and Activities

Our academy will meets Monday through Friday for two weeks, from Monday June 27 through Friday July 8, excluding Monday July 4. A variety of pedagogical strategies will be used, including brief lectures, activities, discussions and videotapes. Time will be provided on each day to prepare for group microteaching presentations on the last two days of class (July 7-8). There will be two additional day-long follow-up meetings that will be held over the course of the coming academic year.

 

References and Resources

Course web site: http://homepages.wmich.edu/~rudged/upton.html

 

Policies and Procedures

Attendance and participation:

Attendance and participation in class is required of all students. More importantly, the discussions scheduled for class times are an essential part of your professional preparation.

 

Students with Special Needs:

Students with disabilities or other special needs who need special accommodations in this course are invited to share these concerns or requests with the instructor as soon as possible.

 

Academic Honesty

You are responsible for making yourself aware of and understanding the policies and procedures in the 2004-2006 WMU Graduate Catalog that pertain to Academic Integrity, pp. 25-27. These policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery, multiple submission, plagiarism, complicity and computer misuse. If there is reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you will be referred to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. You will be given the opportunity to review the charge(s). If you believe you are not responsible, you will have the opportunity for a hearing. You should consult with me if you are uncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the submission of an assignment or test.

 

Course requirements:

Students will evaluated on the basis of three written assignments and participation as follows:

 

Name of Assignment                                                         Points

1. Participation                                                                       250

2. Microteaching                                                                   250

3. Lesson Plan                                                                        250

4, Action Research project                                           250

                                                                                                          1000

 

The class participation grade is not an attendance grade, i.e. you will not receive any credit in this regard merely for being present at the class. Likewise, you will not receive full credit merely for saying something. Your instructor will assign this part of the grade on a daily basis with reference to whether you have been an active participant during the day's activities.

 

The microteaching component of your grade will be evaluated with reference to a presentation of the results of an ecological experiment and a specific lesson you develop with a partner that discusses how you might use the activity to promote learning of ecology in your classroom. Your group will submit a brief write up of the results of your experiment and a written lesson plan on Friday, July 8.

 

The lesson plan component of your grade is an opportunity for you and a partner to develop a lesson plan for your classrooms that addresses a specific student misconception about some biological concept. A written lesson plan, together with a brief presentation for the benefit of your classmates, is due during our first additional class meeting.

 

The action research component of your grade is an opportunity for you and your partner to evaluate the efficacy of your proposed lesson. A written report, together with a brief presentation for the benefit of your classmates, is due during our second additional class meeting.

 

Grading Procedures:

Grades for final assignments 1 day late will be reduced 10%, 2 days late 20%, and more than 2 days late 30%. Final grades for the course will be determined by dividing

the total number of points the student has accumulated by 10.

A:           92-100                                                                         BA:       88-91

B:            82-87                                                                            CB:        78-81

C:            72-77                                                                            DC:       68-71

D:           62-67                                                                            E:            61 or less

 


Tentative Schedule

 

Date

Time

Topic

Mon Jun 27

9:00-11:00

Introductions, Review of the Syllabus,

Track your Understanding

 

11:00-11:05

BREAK

 

11:05-11:45

The Mystery Tube

 

11:45-12:45

LUNCH

 

12:45-2:15

Minds of our Own: Lessons from Thin Air

 

2:15-2:20

BREAK

 

2:20-3:00

Microteaching experiments

Tues Jun 28

9:00-11:00

What is Life?

 

11:00-11:05

BREAK

 

11:05-11:45

Concept Mapping

 

11:45-12:45

LUNCH

 

12:45-2:15

Sheep Heart Dissection I

 

2:15-2:20

BREAK

 

2:20-3:00

Microteaching experiments

Wed Jun 29

9:00-11:00

Classifying Living things

 

11:00-11:05

BREAK

 

11:05-11:45

Histology

 

11:45-12:45

LUNCH

 

12:45-2:15

Sheep Heart Dissection II

 

2:15-2:20

BREAK

 

2:20-3:00

Microteaching experiments

Thu Jun 30

9:00-11:00

Animal Life Cycles

 

11:00-11:05

BREAK

 

11:05-11:45

The Cookie Lab

 

11:45-12:45

LUNCH

 

12:45-2:15

Sheep Heart Dissection III

 

2:15-2:20

BREAK

 

2:20-3:00

Microteaching experiments

Fri Jul 1

9:00-11:00

Plant Life Cycles

 

11:00-11:05

BREAK

 

11:05-11:45

The Virtual Forest

 

11:45-12:45

LUNCH

 

12:45-3:00

Free time to write up microteaching experiments

 


 

Date

Time

Topic

Mon Jul 4

 

No class

Tues Jul 5

9:00-11:00

Energy Flow in Communities

 

11:00-11:05

BREAK

 

11:05-11:45

Mystery Pellet Lab

 

11:45-12:45

LUNCH

 

12:45-2:15

The Mystery Phenomenon I

 

2:15-2:20

BREAK

 

2:20-3:00

Microteaching experiments

Wed Jul 6

9:00-11:00

Material Cycles in Ecosystems

 

11:00-11:05

BREAK

 

11:05-11:45

Why and How Does Decomposition Occur?

 

11:45-12:45

LUNCH

 

12:45-2:15

The Mystery Phenomenon II

 

2:15-2:20

BREAK

 

2:20-3:00

Microteaching experiments

Thu Jul 7

9:00-11:00

Variation, Adaptation, and Natural Selection

 

11:00-11:05

BREAK

 

11:05-11:45

Reflections on Variation

 

11:45-12:45

LUNCH

 

12:45-2:15

The Mystery Phenomenon III

 

2:15-2:20

BREAK

 

2:20-3:00

Microteaching experiment presentation #1

Fri Jul 8

9:00-11:00

Evolution and the Tree of Life

 

11:00-11:05

BREAK

 

11:05-11:45

Track your understanding

 

11:45-12:45

LUNCH

 

12:45-1:10

Review of Directions for Lesson Plan Assignment

 

1:10-3:00

Microteaching experiment presentations #2 & 3