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2021 Workshops for Teachers in Science

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Virtual workshops for a fee of $30 each are scheduled below. The link for each workshop will be sent with a reminder the day before the session. Each workshop may have its own virtual meeting room and specific start time, so check for details in the reminder message. Contact us at PRISM if alternative payment arrangements are needed. Certificates for PD hours will be awarded.

Tuesday, February 2, 4:00 – 5:15pm
Adopt-a-Spot: Outdoor Learning in the Winter Months Gr K-12
Whether they’re at home or in school, don’t let the colder months stop you from getting your students outside for science learning through journals. Adopt-a-Spot is the perfect vehicle to spark curiously and encourage students to explore their own surroundings through investigations that focus on natural phenomena.
Facilitator: Katrina Macht
Wednesday, February 3, 4:00 – 5:15pm
Argument Writing in Science using the Claim-Evidence-Reasoning Model Gr 2-8
Explanation and Argument are essential practices of not only science learning, but of all the academic disciplines. In this minds-on workshop we will explore the phenomenon of deer overpopulation to implement the CER model as scientists, readers, writers, and thinkers.
Facilitator: Katrina Macht
Wednesday, February 10, 4:00 – 5:15pm
More At-Home Simple Hands-On Investigations in Physical Science Gr 3-8
In this workshop we will focus on how to foster engaging, hands-on experiences for your students by converting simple classroom investigations into at-home investigations, using everyday objects and resources.
Facilitator: Katrina Macht
Thursday, February 11, 4:00 – 5:15pm
Arguing About Climate Change Gr 3-8
Explanation and Argument are essential practices of not only science learning, but of all the academic disciplines. In this minds-on workshop we will explore climate change as the phenomenon to implement the CER model as scientists, readers, writers, and thinkers.
Facilitator: Katrina Macht
Wednesday, February 17, 4:00 – 5:15pm
Getting Students to Ask their own Questions Gr K-8
Questions and questioning is at the heart of scientific inquiry and the NGSS. When we teach students to ask questions, we build upon their own innate curiosity about the world in which we live. In this workshop we will dive deeply into the QFT (Question Formulation Technique) as a method for teaching students to ask better, more probing questions in the classroom.
Facilitator: Katrina Macht
Thursday, February 18, 4:00 – 5:15pm
Virtual Tools to Enhance Learning: Padlet, Edpuzzle, and Pear Deck Gr K-12
Enhance your teaching toolbox with Padlet, Edpuzzle and Pear Deck, whether you are using Google Meet, Zoom, or are teaching in person. Edpuzzle is an easy-to-use tool to create interactive videos that will make your students more accountable for their learning; Pear Deck can turn your Google Slide presentations into interactive activities for your students; and Padlet is a versatile app that allows users to post on a digital wall. These tech tools are free at the basic subscription level and offer many features with no additional costs.
Facilitator: Katrina Macht
Wednesday, February 24, 4:00 – 5:15pm
Make Cross-Cutting Concepts Accessible to Students: Earth Systems & Climate Change Gr 3-8
Are you looking for ways to make the Cross-Cutting Concepts more accessible to your students? In this workshop participants will focus on systems thinking to explore how climate change is impacting Earth’s systems. We will also look at patterns, cause & effect, and stability and change in order to construct explanations for the phenomenon.
Facilitator: Katrina Macht