This session will model how a first-year university course is attempting to weave the diverse and complex demands of the K-9 competency-based curriculum into engaging and relevant science education. We will share both specific strategies and the philosophical framework that guides the instructional choices made throughout the course and is relevant to educators at all levels. The workshop will offer examples of how to DO more science, how to increase science understanding and engagement by students without adding to the educator to-do lists, how to be more inclusive of lots of learning styles to promote scientific literacy, and how to connect science to the real world and social ethical obligations.
Elementary (K-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Eileen is a teaching professor in Earth Science at Simon Fraser University and Special Advisor to the Dean of Science on Public Education and Outreach. She is author of the best seller "A Field Guide to the Identification of Pebbles" and is passionate about connecting science learning to local places and to the real world.