INVESTIGATING AND QUESTIONING OUR WORLD THROUGH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (IQWST)
IQWST is a standards-based, carefully sequenced middle school curriculum that promotes student understanding of key scientific ideas and practices by coordinating instruction across units within each grade level, and across 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Each academic year includes four units—one each in physics, chemistry, biology, and earth systems science.
Each day of the workshop will focus on training in the related pedagogy and content of an IQWST unit. During most of the workshop, participants will experience the lessons in the role of classroom students to gain unique insight of the potential opportunities and challenges their own students may encounter when employing the same strategies and instructional materials. Participants will also switch to a teacher perspective to reflect on their experiences. These discussions target topics related to the larger scientific practices (argumentation, explanation, and modeling) and important instructional practices in each specific unit and across all IQWST units.
Science teachers in grades 5-8 are welcome, as well as others interested in learning more about IQWST. Teachers new to IQWST, teachers who have used IQWST, and teachers who are adopting IQWST will benefit from this professional development.
Registration: Contact Jackie Stevens (firstname.lastname@example.org) 937-775-2029 or Brian Boyd (email@example.com) 937-775-3275 for more information. The cost is $250 – you are not officially registered until we receive payment (or a purchase order from your school). Make checks payable to Wright State University. WSU graduate credit will be available for an additional cost of $250 for one semester hour of credit.