I always encourage my clients whenever possible to offer on-going professional development for their teachers. One day workshops once a year, does not cut it. Just finished conducting one-day follow-up sessions for high school Biology and Physical Science teachers who had attended previous STEM training sessions from me. I requested that each of the teachers present an overview of a STEM lesson they had conducted with their students. It was a great learning experience for everyone, for teachers to hear and see what STEM investigations their peers hand incorporated within their own classrooms. In addition to the teacher presentations, I introduced teachers to several new Biology and Physical Science-based STEM investigations. The teachers are really excited about STEM, and see the merit in incorporating STEM practices within their classrooms. However, what I do continue to observe and hear is the teachers frustrations with the excessive emphasis placed on testing, and cramming too much information into a school year. Once again it was a great group of teachers, I look forward to working with these teachers again next school year.
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Diana Wehrell-Grabowski on February 16, 2014 in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education, Teacher Training Workshops Comments Off on High School Teachers Attend STEM Teacher Training Follow-Up Sessions
Diana Wehrell-Grabowski on April 18, 2010 in Teacher Training Workshops Comments Off on Elementary Teachers Explore Life Science Concepts During Inquiry-Based Teacher Training Workshop
Fourth and fifth grade elementary teachers conducted numerous inquiry-based hands-on science investigations during a full-day teacher training workshop to explore life and environmental science concepts. Teachers expanded upon their existing life science content knowledge, designed and constructed several models to teach life science concepts. Teachers conducted the following investigations during the full-day teacher training workshop conducted by Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski:
- Took a hike around the schoolyard to learn how to incorporate schoolyard ecology into the science curriculum.
- Observed the complete life cycle of the lady bug on Hibiscus plants growing on schoolyard property.
- Studied characteristics of plants and animals with emphasis placed on structure and function.
- Designed and constructed a model of a plant or animal cell using simple household materials.
- Observed plant and animal cells with a microscope.
- Observed pond water organisms with a microscope.
- Observed the life cycle of brine shrimp.
- Made a classroom terrarium that was brought back to their own classroom to teach about interdependence, ecology, population, energy transformation, plant and animal kingdom, producers, consumers, and decomposers.
The following photos were taken during the full-day teacher training workshop.