Summer Try Out the Classroom Workshop
The ASU C-STAF faculty will offer a 5-day program held on the ASU campus. The workshop will be taught with area teachers, and will introduce students to education, stressing communication and teaching skills. Specific focus will be on methods for scientific inquiry, an understanding of the nature of science, and awareness of Arkansas Frameworks in science and mathematics. Students will be introduced to teaching of science as inquiry, various teaching strategies, incorporating technology in the science classroom, and classroom management techniques and laboratory safety. At the end of the workshop, students will develop lesson plans and activities, with assistance and feedback from ASU and classroom faculty.
Spring Semester Try Out the Classroom Course
ASU C-STAF faculty will offer a 3-credit hour course entitled “Try Out the Classroom” during the spring semester for STEM undergraduates who are considering teaching. Similar to the summer program, this course will introduce students to the classroom and to AR Science/Mathematics Frameworks, and will focus on preparing three activities/lessons to be used in the classroom. Area teachers will allow ASU students enrolled in this course to visit their classrooms to observe and to lead activities.
Week 1 -- Getting to Know You – student interests; Introduction to participating area schools and teachers; The adolescent learner; social and cognitive development
Week 2 -- Managing the classroom; Laboratory safety
Week 3 -- AR frameworks; Research, design 2 activities (lower level + upper level, including assessment)
Week 4 -- Continue; Align activity with AR frameworks
Week 5 -- Practice first activity with peers
Week 6 -- First activity in the classroom
Week 7 -- What went wrong, what went right; Revisiting classroom management
Week 8 -- Journal updates; students meet individually with course Instructor for assessment; Research third activity
Week 9 -- Start to develop third activity; Practice second activity with peers
Week 10 -- Second activity in the classroom
Week 11 -- Assessment of classroom experiences
Week 12 -- Third activity in the classroom
Week 13 -- Assessment of classroom experiences; Relate activities to ASU science courses/experiences
Week 14 -- Description of C-STAF program, POS/METP programs; Future education opportunities (student groups, volunteer opportunities); Course evaluation
Student assessment will be based on participation and thoroughness of lesson plans and activities, as well as recommendations by supervising teachers. ASU faculty will make one classroom visit to observe and assess each student.
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