Description: This course examines the principles of teaching science in K-8 classrooms. The goal of this course is to prepare teacher candidates to teach science in diverse K-8 classrooms. Throughout the semester, teacher candidates will explore topics including how students learn science; eliciting and building on students' resources for learning science; planning inquiry science lessons that intertwine the three dimensions of science and engineering practices, cross-cutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas; teaching strategies for inclusive inquiry science teaching; and assessing student thinking to inform instruction and evaluate student progress. Candidates develop skills related to instructional design and lesson planning. Candidates facilitate the establishment of the learning environment, including classroom management; assessing, monitoring, and reporting progress; teaching students with exceptionalities. This course builds on previous courses in the program to deepen understanding of concepts related to teaching, including professional responsibility and ethical conduct, and consider the application of these concepts in science teaching. This course contains an assessment that must be successfully completed in order to move toward student teaching. Co-convened with ECI 506. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Sections offered: Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Summer 2021
Prerequisite: ECI 330, ECI 402, ECI 403 and (Elementary Education Milestone or BAILS Learning & Pedagogy Milestone)