Kamuela, HI
June 15 - 20, 2008


Wednesday, June 18
How to Integrate Project Based Learning in the Classroom: Strategies for Teachers
Thursday, June 19
Teaching Science as Inquiry: Aquatic Science

Wednesday Morning , June 18: Hawaii Preparatory Academy

How to Integrate Project Based Learning in the Classroom: Strategies for Teachers

Session length: Morning

Organizers: Samantha Birch (The Kohala Center, Kamuela, HI; sbirch@kohalacenter.org) and William B.N. Berry (Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 307 McCone Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720; bberry@uclink4.berkeley.edu).

Description: The goal of this workshop is to build the skills and capacity of teachers to implement applied science learning projects in their classroom.  The workshop will be facilitated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and The West Hawaii Explorations Academy (WHEA).

Workshop components:

  1. How to write a project management plan to identify goals, objective and strategies for the project
  2. How to write a project timeline to achieve objectives
  3. How to tie the project in with different content areas (multi disciplinary curriculum)
  4. How to ensure the project satisfies standards you are required to teach (identifies standards alignment)
  5. How to secure funds to assist with the development of classroom projects

Each participant should bring a current project or project idea that they would like to implement in their classroom/school to the workshop

The first session will be spent going over the above components, using project examples from WHEA. The second session will consist of each teacher presenting their idea for a project to the whole group and then working in smaller groups to discuss how to make their project a reality. They will be guided by a workbook and facilitators will help each group. At the end, each teacher will present to the overall group for open suggestions or comments.

-A working plan for each project.
-A project-planning workbook.
- Details of a contact network to keep in touch with other teachers (online forum)

Thursday Full Day, June 19: Hawaii Preparatory Academy

Teaching Science as Inquiry: Marine Science

Session length:
full day

Organizers: Erin Baumgartner and Francis M. Pottener, III (Curriculum Research & Development Group, University of Hawaii-Manoa, 1776 University Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96822; (808) 956-4439, erinbaum@hawaii.edu).

Description: The Teaching Science as Inquiry (TSI) model is a professional development model from the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG) that provides educators with a skills-based experience to build scientific inquiry-based instruction into existing professional practice. The goal of TSI instruction is to help teachers and students gain experience with the discipline of science, thus building scientific literacy. TSI immerses participants in inquiry activities to provide experience with a complete inquiry-based instructional sequence that highlights different modes of knowledge generation and dissemination. During each activity, emphasis is placed on the practices used to investigate and acquire new content and the teaching skills needed to facilitate those practices in a science class. Teachers are provided with facilitated support to apply the TSI instructional model to their current curriculum. This workshop will introduce participants to the TSI model and demonstrate how they can apply it to concepts of aquatic science. Participants will leave with model lessons and a template to produce their own lesson plans for engaging students in the complete discipline of science.


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