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STEM Ed Announcement: Student Conceptions in Physical Science

This is not a UMass Amherst program
 Contact information is below.
 Massachusetts Professional Development Institute
 2013 Summer Professional Development for Teachers in Grades 3-8
  Student Conceptions in Physical Science
 Worcester State University, Fuller Room, Student Center
 July 16-19 (Tues.-Fri.) and July 22-24(M-W)
 8:30 am-3:00pm; one afternoon 4-7pm in fall
 3 graduate credits from Worcester State College @$100/credit /67.5
 Intended for Grade 3-8 teachers
 This course will focus on identifying and developing students'
 conceptual thinking about physical science, whether concrete,
 emerging, or mis-constructed. Participating teachers will see how to
 support the connection and development of concepts across and within
 grade spans by actively engaging with colleagues in investigations.
 They will learn about tools, strategies and approaches to assess
 students' initial ideas, including possible misconceptions. Course
 participants will learn how to plan for and support student learning
 to advance student conceptual thinking in productive ways as they
 learn science.  Multiple resources will be used for effective
 planning and instruction, including the Massachusetts Science
 Curriculum Standards, formative assessments, differentiation
 strategies, models of student work, learning progressions and strand
 maps. Through this course participating teachers will also deepen
 their fundamental knowledge in physical science concepts and learn
 how students' conceptual thinking develops in: Force and Motion,
 Properties of Matter, and Energy Transformation.
 Contact:	Sandra.Mayrand@umassmed.edu  for more information.
 To register, go to:

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