Project TEACH& Interdisciplinary Science Teacher Education Alliance of Colleges and High Schools Keith Clay, Co-Director
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Project TEACH The Full Cycle of Teacher Preparation 1. HighSchool 2. Community College 4. K12 Beginning TeacherMentoring 3. University College of Education
Teacher Education Is there a shortage? • In the next 10 years, America needs to hire 2.8 million new teachers. (DOE, 2002) • Washington had 3000 vacancies for elementary and 5000 vacancies for secondary in 2001-2002. (OSPI) • But recent grads of elementary teacher education programs have had trouble finding jobs. (Seattle Times, Daily Olympian)
Teacher Education The Need in Washington • Rural schools report shortages in all areas • Top 5 teaching shortages forecast ‘02 – ‘07 • Special Education 72% • Mathematics 51% • Science – Chemistry 44% • Science – Physics 38% • Science – Biology 38% • Washington now has a MS Math & Science endorsement with no programs in place • Districts are recruiting elementary & middle school math/science specialists
Project TEACH “Strategy 3” • Mathematics for elementary teachers course sequence • 3-qtr., Interdisciplinary Science course sequence • Courses model interactive teaching and active learning To strengthen math and science for elementary schools.
Project TEACH Math Curriculum • Three quarter sequence covers foundations of: • Arithmetic • Geometry • Probability and statistics • Content class taught through interactive methods • Students are introduced to WA State’sEssential Academic Learning Requirements • Linked to mentored field experiences with exemplary elementary teachers
Project TEACH Interdisciplinary Science • Three-quarter sequence for elementary education and other liberal arts majors • Interdisciplinary approach includes biology, geology, physics, and chemistry • Inquiry-based with little lecture • Projects introduce education students to national standards and/or EALRs
Interdisciplinary Science: The Student Challenge • Attract future elementary teachers to a new yearlong science course • Integrate biology, chemistry, geology, and physics into an inquiry lab setting • Make it cohesive, cumulative, and interesting • Make it challenging, not intimidating
Interdisciplinary Science: The Student Challenge • MYTH: Elementary ed majors won’t take more science courses than absolutely necessary. • REALITY: Almost all of our elementary ed students stick around for two quarters and many are staying for three. • We have 55 IDS students now, of which 45 claim a primary interest in elementary ed.
Interdisciplinary Science: The Curriculum Challenge • Inquiry-based and Hands-on: Less than 20% of time in lecture Students are often self-guided • Coherent & Cumulative: GRCC uses a “Climate” theme Links to the “real world”
Interdisciplinary Science: The Curriculum Challenge • Get your science faculty together • Make a list of “key topics” • Be prepared to throw the list away • Your students will show you what they need to learn
Interdisciplinary Science: The Curriculum Challenge • Length, Area, Volume: is this science? • Heat radiation, Vapor pressure, Plate tectonics, Photosynthesis: are these? Can your students learn about the second group of subjects without the first?
Interdisciplinary Science: The Curriculum Challenge So be creative… • Rainfall – What’s an inch of rain? If an inch of rain falls on the rain gauge at the right, how deep will the water be?
Interdisciplinary Science: The Curriculum Challenge Hydrology – what’s the discharge of a river? And be more creative…
Interdisciplinary Science: The Curriculum Challenge Textbooks? • We write our ownwww.ivygreen.ctc.edu/ids • Physics by Inquiry, McDermott and PEG • Geology Lab manuals (loaned to students) • Biology text to be determined
Interdisciplinary Science: The Instruction Challenge Who’s gonna teach it? • Team teach if you can • Teach it the way that your students will teach • Hang on to your faculty • Build consensus among administrators, instructors and non-participating faculty
Interdisciplinary Science: The Instruction Challenge What if we just lecture? • Arizona State U (Wyckoff, Hestenes):There is a direct correlation between learning and a lack of lectures • Montana State U (Francis, Adams):Students in inquiry-based classes are better problem solvers and retain more factual knowledge one year after the class.
Interdisciplinary Science: The Instruction Challenge What if we just lecture? • “I was a volunteer at a public school. I took IDS because I needed a science credit. When I saw people teaching science the way I wanted someone to teach my kids, the way I wanted to teach, I decided to become a teacher and changed my major. Now I’m thinking of becoming a middle school science teacher.” Lori Epperson IDS alumna
Interdisciplinary Science: The Instruction Challenge Teaching by Inquiry is a lot of work! (for the students and for the teachers) The payoff for these students is huge. Some instructors just don’t get it. Cherish the ones that do.
Interdisciplinary Science: The Results • Students show improved scores on general science tests. • Students score significantly higher on the Science Attitude Inventory (Moore and Foy, Miami University) Lori Epperson Presenting about Project TEACH At a national AACC/NSF convention
Interdisciplinary Science: The Results • IDS students helped create an elementary education degree with a minor in science • IDS and GRCC math alums now lead the charge for the middle school math and science endorsement. Debbie Hanninen Helped to lobby CWU to createthe elementary ed/science option
English ENGL 110 – College Writing ENGL 111 – Writing in the Humanities ENGL 180 – Children’s Literature Humanities/Fine Arts SPCH 100 – Basic Speech Communication 10 credits from ART, MUSIC, DRAMA or DANCE Social Science PSYCH 100 – General Psychology or PSYCH 210 – Developmental Psychology ANTHR 202 – Cultural Anthropology or AMES 100 – American Ethnic & Minority Studies 10 credits from courses with prefixes of: HIST, GEOG, POLI SCI or ECON Fitness/Wellness PE – Fitness Course HL ED 190 – First Aid and Personal Safety Science IDS 101 – Interdisciplinary Science I IDS 102 – Interdisciplinary Science II IDS 103 – Interdisciplinary Science III Mathematics MATH 170 – Foundations of Elementary Math I (Number Theory) MATH 171 – Foundations of Elementary Math II (Geometry) MATH 172 – Foundations of Elementary Math III (Prob. & Stats) Professional Core/Practicum EDUC 170 – Introduction to Education EDUC 172.1 – Tutoring in the Elementary Schools EDUC 110 – Child Development EDUC 197 – Introduction to Special Education EDUC 270 – Teacher Portfolio Review Project TEACHAssociate Pre-Professional Degree in Elementary Education
CWU at GRCC • Six quarters - Fall, 2002 to Winter, 2004 • Classes taught at GRCC and local schools • 14-16 credits per quarter • Run through Continuing Education - CWU • Elementary education major, science education minor, and K-8 certificate • CWU faculty advisor travels from main campus
Bibliography • IDS Website: www.ivygreen.ctc.edu/ids • Physics by Inquiry: PEG at UW (and check out the workshop) • Explorations in Physics, Laws, et al • Atlas (etc.) of Science Literacy: Proj2061 • National Science Standards and Inquiry • Asking the Right Questions, Browne and Keeley