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Welcome! Towson Science Placement Mentor Teacher Workshop. August 18, 2005. Schedule. New teachers Overview of Elementary Education Program and Science Education Goals for this Course/Role of Mentor Teacher Returning teachers join in
August 18, 2005
Returning teachers join in
Courses where the students get some general theory and methods.
ISTC 201 Using Information Effectively in Education (3)
ELED 201 School and American Society (3)
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology (3)
EDUC 203 Teaching and Learning in a Diverse Society (3)
PSYC 201 Educational Psychology (3)
SPED 301 Introduction to Special Education (3)
ECED 201 Intervention and the Young Child (3)
Increasing time in school and level of responsibility
Level 1 Language and literacy placement
Level 2 Math and science placements
Level 3 Social studies placement
and Introduction to student teaching
(Professional Development School Internship I)
Level 4 Student teaching
(Professional Development School Internship II)
Level 2 internship: 5 or 6 courses
MATH 323 Teaching Math in the Elementary School
MATH 324 Math placement
BIOL 303 Life Sciences
PHSC 303 Earth-Space Science
SCIE 376 Science placement
ITSC 301 Utilization of Instructional Media
Physical Science Methods Science Placement
“Earth-Space Science in Childhood Education”
“Teaching Science in Elementary Education”
“Physical Science 1”
This course shouldn’t give the interns full student-teaching-like experiences, including school observation protocols, whole class classroom management, etc.
We also don’t expect students to develop all activities from scratch for the whole semester.
1-2 weeks 2-3 weeks 6-8 weeks
Introductory Interns do activities Interns are modifying activities they are given, with activities and towards the
some freedom to end may be given topics
modify, but no man- only, with time in advance
date to completely to make lesson plans
More help Less help (but still help.)
Communicate with Towson instructor and, when appropriate, with Beth and Laura. (Share ideas or ask questions.)
Keep interns up to date on which lessons they will be teaching in your class.
Provide feedback to interns regarding their lessons. (Email, verbal, and/or written)
Assist the interns with classroom management.
Goals of the course include teaching science as inquiry.
National Science Education Standards (NSES), which strongly influence most school districts’ science programs, lay out necessary changes of emphasis.
Grant that pays for Beth, this workshop and stipends, etc.
Require us to collect and report data.
Short letter to parents explains this - we may need your help sending them out. How best? School procedure?
Assessment - Formative and Summative
What do you need from Towson interns?
If a unit assessment is required, does it have to be County assessment or could it be something else that is aligned with VSC?
What are timelines we need to adhere to?
Community Building - Healthy, fruitful, stable relationships.
Besides this workshop, the money, and better coordination, how might we better build a community of placement schools?
Communicating about lesson plans
One workable model is to have the instructor be responsible for all lesson feedback, and to send drafts of the plan to the teachers before class so they have some idea of lesson ahead of time. Comments? Seems okay?
Recruiting mentor teachers
We’d like to make a letter to prospective teachers. What concerns should be addressed and how?
Have a great semester!