Experience learning from a phenomenal perspective! In this workshop, participants will learn how to use phenomena to engage students in Next Generation Science Standards, which integrate science practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas. Phenomena are observable events that occur in the world and something educators can use to inspire discussion and understanding of key science concepts and ideas. Throughout the workshop, participants will have a chance to experience phenomena-based learning from the perspective of a student, and then discuss pedagogical strategies that support NGSS-anchored content in teacher-mode.
Over the course of the workshop participants will engage in hands-on activities using phenomena to explore concepts such as Energy Flow, Bonding, Forces, Density, Buoyancy, and Phase Changes among other cross-cutting ideas that fit across scientific disciplines. By the end of the session, participants will leave with resources and strategies for how to organize inexpensive labs and projects that will inspire students to ask meaningful questions through observation and scientific understanding that can be used right away in September, as well as for years to come. This workshop is perfect for Middle and High School teachers across disciplines!