Our fellows discussed explanation and argumentation as they relate to Science and Engineering Practices.
They also delved into their units with some thoughtful reflection time.
We had a great day and enjoyed the awesome thoughts and ideas from our Cohort 2 fellows! We will see you at the May 12th UnConference!
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Best Practices UnConference
Date: October 28, 2017
Time: 8 am to 3 pm
Where: Quinnipiac University School of Education
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It was great to see our fellows for our October professional development. We spent the morning having an engaging discussion through Skype with Todd Campbell and Wayne Melville, the authors of the book “Reimagining the Science Department”. After lunch we spent time going over Unit Plans and Assessments, giving and receiving feedback from our peers. It was a day filled with captivating discussion, feedback, and as always fun!
The North Haven News has written a wonderful article about Cohort 2’s Summer Institute! Check it out!
The Hartford Courant has published a great article about our Project SING Summer Institute! We love to see our awesome participants in the news.
Check out this awesome NPR article about “Why Teachers Need to Know the Wrong Answer.”
Why Teachers Need to Know the Wrong Answers
We were thrilled to meet our new Fellows and embark on their first year of work together. Lesson 1–phenomena-based instruction can be challenging for everyone! We discovered that explaining the unobservable is hard to do, but necessary for teachers and students, and modeling is critical in this process. This day set the stage for the next 3 institute days, and we are looking forward to how they all unfold!
Congratulations to our Cohort 1 Fellows, who spent four days in uncharted territory and lived to tell about it. Even more, they began unit planning and laid the foundation for building curriculum grounded in the NGSS practices, DCIs, and CCCs. Their dedication to learning and positive attitudes is really what made this so successful and fun and we can’t wait to see how their 3-D instruction evolves this year.
Days 2 and 3 of our Summer Institute were very productive! We worked on concept mapping and collaborated with our fellows in small groups and gallery walks. One day to go!
We have finished the first day of our 2016 Summer Institute and it was a success! We have worked on bundling and unpacking performance expectations and that’s just day 1. In the next 3 days fellows will be concept mapping, making connections among performance expectations, and turning prior knowledge on its head!