Wow, Bartow Academy has it going on! Upon entering the science lab I could tell “real science” was taking place on a daily basis at this school. It’s apparent that the science lab instructor, Mrs. Hughes is passionate about science and her job as the school’s K-5 science lab teacher. The school has an outdoor science classroom, butterfly garden and more. K-5 students spend time in the science lab on a weekly basis as well as visiting the outdoor science classroom and garden. They have received a STEM grant and are in the process of upgrading their science and computer labs, and providing STEM teacher training opportunities for all of their staff. Quality science education programs do not come easy. It takes the entire staff , supportive administration and local community to build a quality science program seen at BartowAcademy. I look forward to visiting Bartow Academy next month when I conduct a second STEM teacher training workshop. The following photos were taken in the Bartow Academy Science Lab and outdoor classroom. Kudos to Bartow Academy for providing an enriching science education experience for all their students.
Archive for April, 2011
Back from conducting teacher training in the state of Colorado. Forty K-8 teachers from two Colorado magnet schools attended the training entitled “Integrating Science and Children’s Literature”. Teachers were introduced to over 60 children’s K-8 books that can be used to introduce and reinforce K-8 science concepts. Teachers were actively engaged in conducting hands-on-minds-on inquiry-based explorations to investigate K-8 science concepts. The Colorado Department of Education has revised the science standards from 5 to 3 to include Physical, Life and Earth Systems Science. The largest change to the science standards is acknowledging that scientific inquiry, science process skills, and content can’t be taught separately. These important aspects of science were integrated into the three science content standards. This change makes total sense. Teachers must integrate the nature of science, science process skills within all science explorations students undertake, as opposed to covering the nature of science in isolation in the first nine weeks of the school year. The following sample photos were taken from the Integrating Science and Children’s Literature K-8 teacher training workshop held in Colorado. Once again it was a great group of teachers.