Course Code: sci
In your first lesson, you will examine the challenges and joys of teaching science to middle school students. You will learn why science can be difficult to teach and some specific ways to overcome those difficulties. You will discover some ways to help your students use textbooks effectively and some great tricks to help improve memory. Then you will examine some different types of scientific research. You will focus on using the scientific method to design great experiments and you will become an expert at identifying control and experimental groups, and control independent and dependent variables.
In this lesson, you will learn about the lives of four scientists who challenged a conventional theory about our solar system. You will see how our present understanding of the solar system changed over time. You will discover the differences between, models, theories, and laws and discover a lesson plan that will help your students understand the nature of science. Then you will learn about direct instruction and how it lays a strong foundation for higher-level thinking skills. You will learn about a valuable concept called the Zone of Proximal Development, which will free you to meet the needs of individual students. You will examine scaffolding and go through a lesson plan step-by-step that us can use as a model.
Examine steps successful students follow when they learn new information. You will learn to help students go through these steps and how you can meet four distinct objectives when teaching new material. You will learn to use outlines, charts, and concept maps and a checklist to help keep students organized. Then you will discover a guide to help your students in writing research papers including: pages to help organize notes, questions they should answer, a way to record references, and templates for bibliographies.
In this lesson, you will learn specific ways you can become a teacher who understands the importance of emotional climate in the classroom to foster learning and encourage students’ efforts. Then you will review some basic principles of chemistry. You will examine states of matter. By the end of this lesson you will understand thermal, mechanical, and chemical equilibrium and how to teach those concepts to your students.
Review common characteristics that all living creatures share. You will discover the way all living creatures are organized and the different roles of organ systems. You will examine modern cell theory and discover ideas for activities to teach these concepts to your students. Then you will learn about homeostasis, which is the maintenance of a stable internal environment no matter what is happening in the environment. You will also examine equilibrium in eco-systems and discover a unit study----the development of an environmental notebook.
This final lesson will show you how to use a topic in earth science to help students master the skill of reading and interpreting several types of graphs, which are found on standardized tests. You will cover pie charts, single and multiple bar charts, single and multiple line charts, and scatter plots. Then you will discover some worksheets and checklists to guide you and your students through a science fair. The process will be made more manageable through a guide for oral presentations and a sample sheet for judging science fair entries.
Holly Trimble earned a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from the University of Colorado, a master's degree in pediatric physical therapy from Boston University, and a master's degree in biology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She also completed an additional 15 credit hours in education at the doctoral level. After working as a physical therapist for many years, Holly transitioned into teaching. She taught math and science to sixth-graders for several years at a private school, and also worked as a private tutor for children with learning disabilities. She has lectured on health-related topics to all age groups, from school-age children to adults, and she now works as an adjunct professor, teaching college-level anatomy and physiology. She received an Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award from her college and is the author of the eBook, College Success Now and several ed2go courses.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional material requirements:
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
I really enjoyed the content of the course and the way it was presented. I gained a lot of scientific knowledge that I perhaps had forgotten. I also gained valuable techniques in conducting not only a science class, but will be able to integrate them into my other contents. Thank you."
I really enjoyed this class! The instructor's teaching style was very clear, direct, and methodical. She covered all of the topics thoroughly and wrote in a very friendly and interesting style. As I finished each lesson, I was already looking forward to the next! Also, the supplementary materials and resources at the end of each lesson are so valuable and will be very useful to me. I am sure I will refer to all the materials in this course over and over again."
I got a lot more from than course than I expected. I am not a science teacher by training, and taking this class gave me a lot of foundational information that I did not have. Also, as a special education teacher, I really appreciated this instructor's heart for students with disabilities. She presented very useful information for the general education teacher and provided different approaches so special education students could also be given the opportunity to learn. The resources for science fairs are gold to me."
The instructor, Holly Trimble, is very good at getting to the core of instruction. In the past, I had felt like I was teaching bits and pieces of scientific information. It was not until I read the chapter on the drive for equilibrium that I saw it all tied together. But, I had never been able to put that into words to let my students understand that concept. I teach high school science and math, and I found this course invaluable. I will use what I learned in these lessons every day in class!"
This was the best education course I have ever taken. The lessons were great and the resources given at the end of each lesson were terrific. I wish I had taken this course many years ago - my students would have benefited from it!"
This was a very helpful course and the instructor was wonderful! She broke down the information into manageable chunks and included real classroom stories. She also included a ton of supplementary information to help us research anything we might need to use in our classrooms. I made a notebook of all the lessons, and I know it will be a very useful guide for me this year!"
I have taken many science courses in my teaching career, but no course has really taught me science and how to use it in my classroom like this one! It has been previously hard for me to teach science because I never understood it myself. Science concepts were never explained in a way that I could understand them until now. I will never again dread teaching science. Thank you so much!"
This was a great course to not only refresh one's science knowledge, but also to gain a ton of great science teaching ideas, both in terms of content and execution. The instructor provides lots of great checklists and worksheets for both the students and teacher. I highly recommend this course. If you still rely on just worksheets and the "occasional" activity or experiment this course will change how you approach teaching science and make science the most exciting part of the day for your students."
The instructor did an outstanding job of presenting a comprehensive, insightful science class for teachers of fourth to sixth graders. She truly led by example. The class has been such a boost for me, and I'm sure for the others who've taken it. I am more knowledgeable and have more tools to start using with my students tomorrow! Her willingness to share such complete resource lists and expertise tell of her love for students and teachers alike. Thank you!"
I was so pleased with this class. So much was covered that helped me to become a better teacher: science concepts, lesson planning, organizing units, classroom management. and more. I appreciated the knowledgeable, common-sense approach of the teacher and am excited to share this love of science with my students in a more coherent way this fall. Thank you!!"