• See the investigation cycle in action and how it can facilitate deeper thinking and understanding for your students
· A careful look at the investigation cycle and how it differs from the 5E lesson cycle or other planning templates
· Best practices for presenting and teaching science content
· Strategies that engage students in their learning
· Strategies that help teachers develop strong content lessons
· A common language/method for teaching science that will be used throughout the sessions
Application to Classroom
• Walk away with a unit plan/ lesson plan on genetics and sexual reproduction
• Walk away with classroom strategies that you can immediately use in your classroom
• Walk away with best practices for teaching science content (the investigation cycle)
•Change of mindset around how to develop lessons and what areas to focus with students
Change from science that is presented to students in the form of a lecture to science where students are asked to “do” something so show their understanding.
What teachers should be able to demonstrate after session
• A new understanding of the investigation cycle and how to use in their unit and lesson planning
•Explicit planning of a big idea, a puzzling phenomenon, modeling and collecting evidence
•Teachers are asking students to “do” science not just learn about it
· Do teachers have a different mindset about how they can plan their teaching of science?
· Are teachers using the language of the investigation cycle?
Are teachers applying their lessons to the “Big Idea” or thinking about how a “Big Idea” would help to structure the learning?.