Teaching Physical Sciences by Ocean Inquiry
Tuesdays 4:30-6:30 PM
Wednesdays: 4:30-5:30 PM
LOCATION: 216 Shibles Hall
Herman Weller (College of Education): Herman_Weller@umit.maine.edu
Lee Karp-Boss (School of Marine Sciences): firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Emmanuel Boss (School of Marine Sciences): firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
TA: Jennifer Albright: Jennifer_Albright@umit.maine.edu; Jenniferalbright16@gmail.com
OFFICE HOURS: By appointment
COURSE GOALS: The course focuses on physical concepts in marine science and is intended for both education and marine science majors. The goals are (1) to introduce prospective science educators to physical concepts, using hands-on, inquiry-based teaching approaches, and demonstrate how these concepts and principles may be presented in the context of ocean sciences. (2) To introduce a variety of inquiry-based teaching strategies and tools to marine science majors who are interested in education.
STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES: Attend classes, be on time, take active part in laboratory activities, participate in class discussions, present homework-material and ideas in front of the class, maintain an active blog, ask questions and provide feedback via blog and class discussions, complete reading assignments, submit weekly homework, blog and final project assignments on time.
Homework: Homework will be assigned weekly and is expected to reflect understanding of science concepts and their link to ocean processes, understanding of pedagogy concepts discussed in class and an ability to communicate ideas clearly (written and oral). Each week randomly selected students will be asked to present their homework assignment. Due every Wednesday, at the beginning of class. (Rubric for Grading Homework - PDF)
Blog: A self reflection on your own learning. The blog provides you with an opportunity to critically evaluate your learning of the material presented in class (a necessary step for a becoming a better teacher) and a feedback for us. Due every Friday by 5:00 PM. (Guide for writing a "reflective blog" - PDF)
Teaching strategy presentation: The goal of this assignment is to provide each student with the opportunity to practice teaching. Each student will be assigned a teaching tool and give a short (10 minute) presentation on an assigned week. (Tool Presentation Schedule - PDF)
Final project: The final project is to design a unit, with at least 3 lessons, that addresses a topic in marine science and incorporates a variety of teaching strategies taught during the semester. The project includes a written document describing the unit and its lessons, and a 15-minute class presentation given at the end of the semester. Projects (written part) are due on April 29. The class will be split for presentations; half of the students will give their presentations on April 29 and half will give it during final week (time TBD). All students are required to attend BOTH presentation days! (Final Project Requirments)
Prior to the first class the participating students were asked to complete a pre-class evaluation (PDF) to assess pre-exisitng knowledge and to provide a background for the evaluation that will occur at the end of the class.