Hands-On Science Teacher Training Florida

All of Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski’s Hands-On Science Professional Staff Development Teacher Training Workshops:         

  • Are standards-based (New World Class Sunshine State Standards)
  • Are hands-on-minds-on
  • Are inquiry-based
  • Incorporate The Nature of Science
  • Develop and strengthen 21st century skills.
  • Incorporate the use of interactive student notebooks.
  • Use simple, readily available, and inexpensive materials.
  • Are highly interactive
  • Make connections across the sciences and disciplines.
  • Allow the participants to make models of many of the concepts introduced to bring back to their classrooms (i.e., bottle biology, solar ovens, molecular models, aeronautical models, etc.).

Available Professional Staff Development Teacher Training Workshops Designed For Florida Schools

All of the teacher training workshops listed below incorporate The New World Class Sunshine State Science Standards.

 Implementing The New World Class Sunshine State Standards In The Classroom Using Inquiry-Based Learning

During this teacher training workshop participants will be introduced to the New World Class Sunshine State Science Standards through an in-depth overview of the revised standards. Participants will engage in extensive hands-on-minds-on explorations covering all four Bodies of Knowledge ( Nature of Science, Earth and Space Science, Physical Science, Life Science) and 18 Big Ideas. Concepts covered will vary according to group participants (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12). Additionally, the use of interactive student notebooks will be introduced and used by participants during this workshop. This workshop is appropriate for all grade levels. It’s suggested that districts schedule the workshop according to grade levels (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12). It’s possible to combine grade levels as well elementary K-5, and middle-high school).

Making The Connection: Genuine Integrated Science In The Secondary Science Classroom

During this teacher training workshop participants will gain valuable insight of the educational foundations and research which support the need for implementing integrated science in today’s science classrooms. Participants will be actively engaged in a wide-array of hands-on-minds-on explorations which incorporate integrated teaching methodologies and theories primarily through the use of an integrated, spiral and comprehensive approach. Participants will explore concepts covered in the 4 Bodies of Knowledge and the 18 Big Ideas that are integral components of the 4 Bodies of Knowledge through active hands-on-minds-on explorations and investigations.  Additionally, the use of interactive student notebooks will be used during this workshop by participants. This workshop is appropriate for middle- high school grade levels.

Connecting Science Across The Disciplines

This workshop is designed for those districts and schools who are seeking to make a successful connection between science and other academic disciplines, otherwise known as inter-disciplinary instruction. Participants will learn how to incorporate science into their daily reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, the arts, and health through extensive hands-on-minds-on explorations. This workshop covers all 4 Bodies of Knowledge and 18 Big Ideas, as well as covering Sunshine State Standards and Benchmarks across the disciplines. This workshop will introduce participants to explorations and concepts that will be relevant and applicable to everyone,  no matter what subject area they specialize in. It’s an especially useful workshop for K-6 self-contained teachers. This workshop is appropriate for (k-6).

Introducing The Nature of Matter Via A Kitchen Chemistry Approach

This workshop is designed to enable the participant to become better acquainted with the exciting world of chemistry, in a simple and fun easy. During this workshop participants will conduct a wide-array of hands-on-minds-on investigations to include: exploring the states of matter, changes in matter, analysis of the Periodic Table, constructing molecular models, testing for acids and bases. Participants will also make several unique polymers such as; Oobleck, Glurch, and Slime comparing their characteristics. Additionally, participants will conduct investigations with Gro Creatures(contain a superabsorber polymer). Graphing and mathematical applications will be integrated within most investigations. The use of a student interactive notebook will be used during this workshop. This workshop is most appropriate for intermediate elementary grades through high school.

Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Practices and Content

Participants will be actively engaged throughout the entire workshop conducting hands-on science explorations and investigations that integrate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) practices and content. Participants will be totally immersed in conducting engaging STEM explorations that help to develop and strengthen 21st century skills, and the engineering design process & design thinking. The use of reflective journaling will be used during this workshop by participants. This workshop is appropriate for all grade levels. Concepts and investigations will vary according to grade levels (K-2, 3-5,  middle-high school).

Building Maker Mindsets and Culture Through Makerspaces

If your school is looking to transform an existing location into a Makerspace or create a mobile makerspace this is the workshop for you. Timely workshop with the launching of a Nation of Makers in 2014. A call to action for Americans to “lift up makers and builders and doers across the country.” Maker education empowers young people to be creators, cultivates curiosity and creativity, STEM, and 21st century skills. During this engaging hands-on-minds-on workshop participants will discover the impact the Maker Movement and Maker Mindset is having on informal and formal learning environments. Participants will use a wide-array of materials, technology, and kits that are being used in makerspaces throughout the nation and world. Additionally, participants will explore sources of funding, soliciting community partners, designing makerspaces and more.

Exploring Earth and Space Science Concepts

During this workshop participants will be introduced to numerous Earth and Space Science concepts through extensive “hands-on-minds-on” explorations. Concepts covered include: foundational astronomy concepts (Origin of the Universe, Planets and Stars), geological concepts (Earth’s changing surface, weathering and erosion, water cycle, rock cycle, and fossils). Concepts and explorations will vary according to grade levels (elementary, middle- high school). The use of an interactive student notebook will be used during this workshop. This workshop is appropriate for all grade levels. Concepts and explorations will vary according to grade levels (k-2, 3-5, middle-high school).

Exploring Physical Science Concepts

During this workshop participants will be introduced to a wide-array of physical science concept through extensive hands-on-minds-on investigations. Content covered will include: laws of motion and gravitation, momentum, work and energy, heat, wave motion and sound, light, electricity, magnetism, and atomic structure. Graphing and mathematical applications will be integrated within most investigations. Covers all Big Ideas within Physical Science Body of Knowledge. The use of an interactive student notebook will be used during this workshop. Appropriate for all grade levels. Concepts and investigations will vary according to grade levels (K-2, 3-5, middle- high school).

Exploring Life Science Concepts

During this workshop participants will be introduced to a wide-array of life and environmental science concepts through extensive hands-on-minds-on explorations. Concepts covered include: Organization and development of living organisms, heredity and reproduction, interdependence and matter and energy transformations. The use of an interactive student notebook will be used during this workshop. This workshop is appropriate for all grade levels. Concepts and explorations will vary according to grade level (K-2, 3-5, middle- high school).

Nature Explorers

During this workshop participants will learn effective ways to use the school yard, neighboring parks, etc. to teach life and environmental science concepts. Participants will be actively engaged in hands-on explorations that introduce the following concepts: nature awareness, plant and animal kingdom, wildlife, habitats, eco-systems, conservation, ecology, and energy. The Nature of Science will be an integral component of this workshop as well.  The use of an interactive student notebook will be used during the workshop. This workshop is a must with the passage of the No Child Left Inside Act of 2008 H.R. (3036). This workshop is most appropriate for elementary grades.

Teaching Science Through Children’s Literature

During this workshop participants will learn how to bring science to life through popular children’s literature. Endless examples of how children’s literature can be used in the classroom to present and reinforce scientific concepts in a format that is motivating and understandable to the student. Participants will learn how to select fictional books with scientific themes and then develop “hands-on-minds-on” explorations that provide both scientific information and reinforcement. This workshop emphasizes the importance of the integration of science, reading, and the language arts in the classroom on a daily basis. Scientific concepts covered include all 4 Bodies of Knowledge and the Big Ideas within the 4 Bodies of Knowledge. This workshop is appropriate for (K-2, 3-5, & 6-8).

Teaching Science Through The Literature of Dr. Seuss

During this workshop participants will learn how to bring science to life through the literature of Dr. Seuss books that have science-related themes including: The Lorax, Bartholomew and the Oobleck, Horton Hatches The Egg, If I Ran the Zoo, and more.  Additionally, participants will be introduced to the new Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library series including 13 books with science themes Is A Camel A Mammal?, Oh Say Can You Say Dinosaur, Miles and Miles of Reptiles, and more. Approximately 40 Dr. Seuss books will be used during this workshop which can be used to teach science through one of the most famous and prolific writers of our time. Participants will also be given an historical overview of Dr. Seuss’s life, which will help participants have a better understanding of how many of Dr. Seuss’s books evolved. Participants will engage in a wide-array of hands-on-minds-on explorations each connecting to the various themes found in the individual books introduced during the workshop. This workshop is a must for all elementary educators’. Science, reading readiness, and literacy all in one workshop. Connections across the disciplines will also be an integral component of this workshop. Science concepts covered include all 4 Bodies of Knowledge and the Big Ideas associated with the Bodies of Knowledge K-5. This workshop is most appropriate for elementary teachers.

For a downloadable PDF of the Florida K-12 Science and STEM Teacher Training Workshops Brochure 2016-2017 click the following link. Florida K-12 Science Teacher Training Workshops 2016-2017