Culturally Responsive and Ambitious Science Teaching

  • October 12, 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Lane Community College, 4000 E 30th Ave, Eugene, OR 97405



This workshop session is designed to offer participants a structured learning experience to integrate culturally responsive teaching practices within three-dimensional sense-making activities in their science classrooms. As foundational documents, this workshop uses principles from Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, The Dreamkeepers, Ambitious Science Teaching, and Responsive Teaching in Science and Mathematics.

In the workshop session, participants will practice using discussion talk moves that allow all students in a classroom to enter into the cultural sense-making process as well as how to elicit ideas from students, respond to their ideas, and plan for next steps in unit lesson planning. Further, participants will practice using a model-building activity that provides students the opportunity to collaboratively build an explanation of the phenomena based on prior knowledge and student led whole class discussions. Throughout this structure, students are given the opportunity to share their ideas, hear peers language and sense making process, take up and respond to each others initial explanations, engage in scientific dialogue, and provide the teacher with information on where to go next in the unit based on their own questions and interests.

Presenters: Matt Stewart and Julie Palmer, Franklin High School, Portland 

3 PDUs will be provided upon completion of this workshop.

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Oregon Science Teachers Association
2019 Fall Conference Registration
4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd, #1025
Portland, OR 97214-5246

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4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd, PO Box 1025
Portland, Oregon

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