During this one-week introduction to the principles of active learning in STEM, we’ll introduce several strategies such as facilitating student discourse, modeling, multiple representations in problem solving, and curriculum design. We will explore these ideas by investigating content from several cross-cutting-concepts within the physical and life science contexts at middle and high school levels. You’ll be able to experiment with these teaching tools right away, but you’ll also have a sense of what you could gain by taking a multi-week workshop.
The workshop will engage you in selected “student-mode” activities embodying active STEM learning. This will include one or two trips through the sensemaking and modeling process, where you’ll have the chance to directly observe a phenomena, collect and examine data, develop multiple representations, and share your findings with the larger group. You will also participate in “teacher-mode” discussions of the pedagogy involved and of how you might try out elements of this approach in your classroom. Examples will be chosen from physics, chemistry, and/or middle school science, depending upon the experience, background and interest of participants.