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Wednesday, March 28 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Don’t just do something, stand there! Empowering student as scientist through intentional nonintervention

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In this workshop, attendees will be put in the shoes of students as we practice using a model for teaching science through doing science. Students from Avanti High School (an ALE public school of choice in Olympia, WA) will lead the attendees of this workshop through the Student as Scientist model; a process that they have first-hand experience with from their science courses at Avanti. The workshop is collaboratively designed by students and their science teacher utilizing a 5E lesson plan. Though students will take a lead role in facilitating the workshop, the teacher will help set the tone for both rigor and lightheartedness to explore with curiosity and engagement. First, attendees will hear student and teacher perspectives on the model through stories of their experience with it. Next, participants will explore the model via a simulated experience with it. We will provide them with background information on a specific topic (ex. Banana slug eating behaviors), have teams brainstorm a list of questions, and then develop possible research methods for how to answer their chosen question. We will also provide some physical examples of materials they can use for data collection (can stimulate thoughts for methods). This model can be used in any science subject and is great for both field and lab research. It puts students firmly into the role of ‘scientist’ and requires that the teacher practice some intentional nonintervention. Sometimes students fail the first time around and have to adjust research methods (or even the initial question!). That’s fantastic!! The workshop will culminate with participants sharing their experiences and a group brainstorm for ideas on possible focus topics and methods for adapting the model. Participants will leave with all handouts/worksheets used and a sense of excitement for learning and teaching science!

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Quasar Surprise

Teacher, Avanti High School, OLYMPIA, WA

Wednesday March 28, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
HTE 129