Teachers' Domain, Building Understanding, published June 19, 2009, retrieved on ,
Building Understanding is a graduate-level professional development course. It is designed to enhance your understanding of inquiry-based approaches to teaching standards-based physical science at the high school level. In two sessions, you will investigate physical science topics and teaching methodologies using a wide range of online resources, including video segments, interactive activities, readings, and other multimedia materials. It uses science inquiry, active learning, and curriculum design strategies to explore atomic structure, chemical reactions, motions and forces, the electromagnetic spectrum, and related topics.
This course is the third in a series of four courses that cover key content and methodologies for teaching physical science in the high school classroom. A full survey course, offering 45 contact hours, is also available.
This course examines how you can match content knowledge to a range of pedagogical strategies to improve students' understanding of motions and forces and other topics in physical science.
Session 1: Pedagogical Content Knowledge
Learners examine how combining content knowledge and knowledge of pedagogy can lead to more effective teaching of motions and forces.
Session 2: Making Energy Understandable
Learners explore how they can modify and shape their teaching strategies to meet the needs of individual learners.
All sessions and their content correspond to the National Science Education Standards.
Academic standards correlations on Teachers' Domain use the Achievement Standards Network (ASN) database of state and national standards, provided to NSDL projects courtesy of JES & Co.
We assign reference terms to each statement within a standards document and to each media resource, and correlations are based upon matches of these terms for a given grade band. If a particular standards document of interest to you is not displayed yet, it most likely has not yet been processed by ASN or by Teachers' Domain. We will be adding social studies and arts correlations over the coming year, and also will be increasing the specificity of alignment.