Why Consider Teaching as a Career?. Why Teachers Teach. What Teachers Say . . . and the % Who Say ItTeaching is work they love to do96%They would choose teaching again if starting over80%Teaching is a lifelong choice75%They get a lot of satisfaction out of teaching68%They fell int
1. TEACH SCIENCE - IMPACT THE FUTURE
2. Why Consider Teaching as a Career?
3. Why Teachers Teach What Teachers Say . . . and the % Who Say It
Teaching is work they love to do
They would choose teaching again if starting over
Teaching is a lifelong choice
They get a lot of satisfaction out of teaching
They fell into teaching by chance
4. Intrinsic Reasons for Teaching (internal psychic satisfactions, as personal accomplishment or joy of work) Joy of seeing students learn
Performing a significant social service
Fellow teachers/colleagues relationships
Work you love to do
Work gives sense you are respected and appreciated
Time to spend with family
Potential to affect the lives of others
Love of subject taught
Lifelong learning opportunities
5. Extrinsic Reasons for Teaching (public, external attractions of an occupation, such as money, prestige, and power) Salaries – $45,000 - $95,000 range + benefits and improving
Status – positive but sometimes difficult to discern
Power – unique power over students
Work Schedule – “June, July, and August”
two semesters of 18 weeks plus 10 teacher work days
185 days total compared to 260 M-F in one year
Benefits – retirement, health/dental/vision, low interest loans
Job Security – tenure after two years
Opportunities for Increased Pay – pay scale (% each year and additional step on pay scale)
Opportunities for Advancement – curriculum specialist, department chair, counselor, assistant principal, principal, superintendent
6. Sample Salary Schedules Anaheim Union High School District
has a student population of approximately 37,000, including Adult Education. The District covers 46 square miles and stretches across the cities of Anaheim, Cypress, Buena Park, La Palma and Stanton. Our students, who speak 49 different languages in their homes, attend 23 campuses and come to us from five feeder elementary districts
$49,436 for BA + 30 (Certificated Salary Schedule 07-08)
Capistrano Unified School District
$ 48,499 for BA + 30 (Certificated Salary Schedule 07-08)
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District
20 miles north of San Jose and 45 miles south of San Francisco; student population of 3,683 students of which 55% are Caucasian and 45% are students of color
$57,094 for BA+30 (Certificated Salary Schedule 07-08) Be a Science Teacher Presentation 6
7. Financial Resources available while earning A credential Got loans? If not, get some! The Assumption Program of Loans for Education (APLE) assumes up to $19,000 in outstanding educational loan balances in return for four consecutive years of teaching science.
Science teachers may earn their credential while fully employed in the public schools. Be a Science Teacher Presentation 7
8. Why Teach Science?
9. SCIENCE TEACHERS SHAPE STUDENTS LIVES AND IMPACT SOCIETY
10. SCIENCE TEACHERS ARE PART OF THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY
11. SCIENCE TEACHERS INFLUENCE THE FUTURE Teachers influence the science literacy of the general population, who become voting citizens, leaders, and decision-makers of our society.
Elementary teachers prepare and influence the students who enter (or don’t enter) high school science classes.
High school science teachers prepare and influence the students who enter (or don’t enter) university science programs.
University faculty help prepare and influence future teachers and scientists.
Future teachers go back to influence students and the cycle continues.
Thus the future of both science and our society depends on our science teachers. Be a Science Teacher Presentation 11
12. Top 25 Questions Facing Science Over the Next 25 Years What Is the Universe Made Of?
What is the Biological Basis of Consciousness?
Why Do Humans Have So Few Genes?
To What Extent Are Genetic Variation and Personal Health Linked?
Can the Laws of Physics Be Unified?
How Much Can Human Life Span Be Extended?
What Controls Organ Regeneration?
How Can a Skin Cell Become a Nerve Cell?
How Does a Single Somatic Cell Become a Whole Plant?
How Does Earth's Interior Work?
Are We Alone in the Universe?
How and Where Did Life on Earth Arise?
What Determines Species Diversity?
What Genetic Changes Made Us Uniquely Human?
How Are Memories Stored and Retrieved?
How Did Cooperative Behavior Evolve?
How Will Big Pictures Emerge from a Sea of Biological Data?
How Far Can We Push Chemical Self-Assembly?
What Are the Limits of Conventional Computing?
Can We Selectively Shut Off Immune Responses?
Do Deeper Principles Underlie Quantum Uncertainty and Nonlocality?
Is an Effective HIV Vaccine Feasible?
How Hot Will the Greenhouse World Be?
What Can Replace Cheap Oil -- and When?
Will Malthus Continue to Be Wrong?
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13. What are the Steps to Earning a Teaching Credential?
14. TEACHING SCIENCE IN CALIFORNIA – SINGLE SUBJECT CREDENTIAL To earn a secondary science teaching credential, candidates must
demonstrate subject matter competency and
complete a program of professional preparation.
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing authorizes eight different science credentials for teaching in grades 7-12.
Each credential requires demonstration of subject matter competence through completion of specific undergraduate or graduate degrees OR successful passage of several subtests of the California Science Examination for Teachers (CSET) in Science.
Candidates with a regular credential in a science area are authorized to teach in their specific discipline as well as general and integrated science, including middle school science.
Candidates with a Specialized credential in a science area are authorized to teach only in their specific discipline.
The most common route to subject matter competency is a major in a specific discipline and passage of the appropriate CSETs. Be a Science Teacher Presentation 14
15. TEACHING SCIENCE IN CALIFORNIA – ADDING SCIENCE AUTHORIZATION TO MULTIPLE/SINGLE SUBJECT CREDENTIAL Adding a science authorization to a multiple subject credential increases employment opportunities!
To add an Introductory Subject Matter Authorization in Science, only coursework is required.
Authorizes instruction through 9th grade level
Requires completion of 32 semester units of non-remedial course work or a collegiate major in the subject.
To add a single subject authorization (in biological sciences, chemistry, geological science, or physics), you need to
demonstrate subject matter competency through passage of the CSETs
complete a science methods course
This authorizes instruction through grade 12 Be a Science Teacher Presentation 15
16. What Science Would You Teach? 16 Be a Science Teacher Presentation
17. What Guides Science Instruction in California? California Science Framework
This is the blueprint for how to teach science, containing information about:
Science Instruction and Instructional Materials
Professional Preparation of Science Teachers
Science Content Standards
California has identified and adopted academic content standards for kindergarten through grade twelve.
These standards are designed to ensure that all students have a rich experience in science at every grade level and that curriculum, builds on previous learning.
See these standards by grade level at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/scmain.asp
18. CA Middle School Science 6th Grade: Focus on Earth Science
Plate Tectonics and Earth’s Structure, Shaping Earth’s Surface, Heat, Energy in the Earth System, Ecology, Resources, Investigation and Experimentation
7th Grade: Focus on Life Science
Cell Biology, Genetics, Evolution, Earth and Life History, Structure and Function in Living Systems, Physical Principles in Living Systems, Investigation and Experimentation
8th Grade: Focus on Physical Science
Forces, Motion, Structure of Matter, Earth in the Solar System, Reactions, Chemistry of Living Systems, Periodic Table, Density and Buoyancy, Investigation and Experimentation Be a Science Teacher Presentation 18
19. CA High School Science Physics
Motion and Forces, Conservation of Energy and Momentum, Heat and Thermodynamics, Waves, Electric and Magnetic Phenomena, Investigation and Experimentation
Atomic and Molecular Structure, Chemical Bonds, Conservation of Matter and Stoichiometry, Gases and Their Properties, Acids and Bases, Solutions, Chemical Thermodynamics, Reaction Rates, Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Nuclear Processes , Investigation and Experimentation
Cell Biology, Genetics, Ecology, Evolution, Physiology , Investigation and Experimentation
Earth’s Place in the Universe, Dynamic Earth Processes, Energy in the Earth System, Biogeochemical Processes, Structure and Composition of the Atmosphere, California Geology , Investigation and Experimentation
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20. What Science Do We Teach and Why? Many organizations have an opinion about what science we should teach. For example:
Science for All Americans: The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) founded Project 2061 in 1985 to help all Americans become literate in science, mathematics, and technology.
ACS Education: The American Chemical Society is just one example of subject-specific organizations that offer curriculum and instructional resources for teaching society.
NSTA Teacher Resources: The goal of the National Science Teachers Association is to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.
21. American Chemical Society Website for Educators and Students
ACS High School Student Clubs
Your Virtual Chemistry Club
Public Service Announcement Be a Science Teacher Presentation 21
22. AMERICAN PHYSICS SOCIETY Website for Students and Educators
Color Me Physics Coloring Book
Physics to Go Be a Science Teacher Presentation 22
23. GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA Education and Teacher Resources Website
Why Earth Science brochure
Nature of Science and Scientific Method
Understanding Climate Change presentations and videos Be a Science Teacher Presentation 23
24. AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES Resources for Teaching and Learning
The Butterfly Project
Actionbioscience.org Be a Science Teacher Presentation 24
25. What are Your Next Steps? 25 Be a Science Teacher Presentation
26. Your “To Do” List Apply to the university.
Apply to the Single Subject Credential Program.
Demonstrate basic skills by passing the CBEST.
Demonstrate subject matter competency by passing the appropriate California Subject Examination (CSET) subtests.
Complete required prerequisite coursework.
Get ready for a life-changing experience! Be a Science Teacher Presentation 26
27. NSTA Career Center There are many things you can do to prepare for a career as a science teacher before you enter the classroom. Whether you are still a student or you are an adult seeking to enter the field, now is the time for you to begin building skills related to teaching, management, and organization.
See suggestions and resources at: http://careers.nsta.org/advice_planning.asp
28. Additional Information Why Teach?
I love Teaching
http://www.iloveteaching.com - designed to encourage new teachers
http://www.new-teacher.com -designed to inspire those considering teaching).
Occupational Outlook Handbook – Information on Teaching
http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos069.htm - the site offers extensive information on the nature of teaching, the employment picture, working conditions, and the job outlook
Career Planning for Teachers
http://careerplanning.about.com/library/weekly/aa030901d.htm - describes the nature of teaching
Status of the American Public School Teacher
http://www.nea.org/edstats/images/status.pdf - snapshot of the profession today in a historical perspective
29. Year of Science 2009 Be a Science Teacher Presentation 29