This course presents a variety of investigative approaches to teaching secondary school science curriculum and instructional methods, including the evaluation of curricular materials and the assessment of student performance based on specific teaching objectives. The course assists with the development of criteria to guide the selection of science activities to achieve specified learning goals in a curriculum. Explicit connections will be made between various science lessons, curricular goals, and both Missouri state and national standards. In addition, the course is designed to develop effective teaching strategies and approaches to curriculum development in science. It addresses components of effective curriculum that are aligned with learning experiences and outcomes using the academic language of the sciences. It incorporates strategies for individual student needs based on diverse backgrounds, prior experiences, and language to deliver differentiated instruction, and it teaches students to set learning goals. Students will develop strategies to engage their students in the methods of inquiry and research, with interdisciplinary approaches where appropriate. They will learn researched-based models of critical thinking and problem solving, including various instructional strategies and technologies that support student engagement in higher-level thinking skills. Students will use formal and informal assessments to design instruction and to improve learning activities, and this will be followed by assessment analysis to determine the effects of class instruction on individual and whole-class learning. They will understand strategies to communicate confidential student data and progress in accordance with ethical and legal protocols. Prerequisite: Admission to the teacher education program or permission of instructor.
Course Attributes: FA NSM; AS NSM