Saturday, Sept 23 or Oct 28 9:00-3:00 (these are identical one-day workshops)
Science & Math Complex, SUNY Buffalo State
Participants will learn about the scope and sequence of the new science standards, learn how to read the new Performance Expectations, and work in groups to explore P-12 learning activities that represent good science practices. Registration preference will be given to participants in the P-8 Science Minicourses.
The SUNY Buffalo State Master Teacher program and the Western Section of the Science Teachers Association of NYS are excited to offer this set of professional development minicourses for P-8 teachers. In these minicourses, teachers will explore their own ideas and children’s ideas about science concepts. These minicourses are specifically aligned with the new NYS Science Learning Standards. The relevant NYSSLS Performance Expectations (PE) are listed for each course. Each participant will receive a CTLE certificate for 12 hours of professional development and a set of 6 large dry-erase boards. All minicourses will take place at SUNY Buffalo State. Each course meets all four sessions, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Food and beverages will be available at 4:30 before each session begins.
Processes that Shape Earth (NYSSLS ESS1, ESS2, LS4: Grades 2, 3, 4, 5, and MS)
In this minicourse, teachers will explore ideas of geologic scale and the development of Earth’s surface features. Earth events can occur quickly or slowly. How can evidence from patterns in rock formations allow us to determine how landscapes can change over time? We will use real-world data from NASA to examine scientific evidence that demonstrates how Earth has changed and developed over its 4.6-billion-year-old-history.
Matter and Interactions (NYSSLS PS1; Grades 2, 5, and MS)
Learning about matter is important and exciting in elementary school! This minicourse builds upon some basic ideas about matter. We will explore the small particle model of matter and how this model can be used to dig into solids, liquids and gasses. We will also investigate physical changes versus chemical changes, and conservation of mass.
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Oct. 30 & Nov. 1 5:00-8:00
Science and Math Complex, SUNY Buffalo State
This workshop is open to any P-5 teacher who has participated in one of our science minicourses over the past three years. Participants will learn how science teaching can begin with a phenomenon and how to build a curriculum that is based on the 3 dimensions of NYSSLS (Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas and Cross-Cutting Concepts). We will also have many current elementary science curriculum materials available to review. Food and beverages will be available at 4:30 before each of the workshop sessions.
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