Middle grades science teachers face the wonderful, yet daunting task of teaching an incredibly dynamic and constantly changing field. From anatomy to zoology, astronomy to physics, it can be difficult for teachers to keep up-to-date with a single topic, let alone the full scientific spectrum.
Through lecture and demonstration, hands on participation, and full/small group discussion, these two-day courses will provide key ideas in both physical and earth and space science for middle grade levels, modeling and practicing multiple experiments that every teacher can do in the classroom. Essential equipment, safety training and Next Generation Science Standards will be discussed.
Physical Science Essentials for the Middle School Teacher
Tuesday-Wednesday, June 21-22, 2016, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Earth and Space Science Essentials for the Middle School Teacher
Tuesday, July 5 and Thursday, July 7, 2016, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Cost: Each course can be taken for 1 semester hour of continuing education credit, or for noncredit with 15 CEUs or PDUs. Noncredit registrants may take both courses together for a reduced rate. See links above for more details.
About the Instructor
Joseph Minato, M.T.E. is a science teacher with a B.S. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.T.E. in science education. He presently teaches at Lincoln High School and in the M.A.T. program at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. He is a recipient of the prestigious Polaroid Award for Outstanding Teaching at MIT. While classically trained in physics and math, Joe is a lifelong natural historian with a broad background and endless enthusiasm for exploring the wonders of the natural world from subatomic physics to cosmology, from molecular genetics to frog metamorphosis.