AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 109 Professional Development for Teachers
Poster, Wednesday, 9:20am-6:30pm, January 11, 2006, Exhibit Hall

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[109.04] Science FEST: Preservice Teachers link Math and Science in Astronomy Lessons

N. H. DeMuth, J. Kasabian, P. B. Hacking (El Camino College)

Funded by the National Science Foundation and corporate sponsored by Northrop Grumman, Science FEST (Science for Future Elementary School Teachers) aims to develop the science content and pedagogy for project participants by connecting their college coursework to the science they will eventually teach. Working individually and in pairs, future elementary and secondary school teachers design a comprehensive module in astronomy that is inquiry-based and reflects national and state science standards. Project participants then teach their module in local elementary or middle school classrooms. Science FEST project participants report gaining a deep understanding of the science they are teaching, learning to engage all students to explore science concepts, and reflecting on their teaching and how it can be improved. The project's website can be found at www.science-fest.org.

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