Professional Development

2017 – 2018     Summer Workshops

Cost and registration is available at Tyler Junior College Continuing Studies

https://www.tjc.edu/continuingstudies

Housing available for those needed to arrive the day before

http://www.nationalmicroscalecc.org/housing-available-for-nmcc-summer-workshops/

Elementary Teachers   7/19/2018  Genecov Science Bld Room G226

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Using investigative learning to prepare students to take the STAAR Exam for Grade 5 Science Assessment Readiness Standards will be emphasized. Experiments are written to use techniques that minimize teacher preparation time while maximizing student learning. Chemicals used are environmentally green or used in microscale quantities so that experiments can be done by the students in smaller groups while minimizing chemical recovery, disposal cost and safety hazards while maximizing learning. Experiment topics will include: Reporting Category 1:Readiness Standard 5.5(a) [classify matter using physical properties] Supporting Standard 5.5(c)[Identify changes that can occur in the physical properties of the ingredients of solutions] , Reporting Category 2: Readiness Standard 5.6(a) [explore the uses of energy], 5.6(b) flow of electricity], Reporting Category 3: Readiness Standard 5.7(b) [study of landforms can be changed], 5.7(c) [alternative energy resources] Reporting Category 4: Readiness Standards 5.10(a) [ compare the structures and functions of different species that help them survive]

PREREQUISITES: Elementary School Science background.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
After completion of this course, the student will be able to do the following:
1. Know the Texas Education Agency guidelines for the STAAR Grade 5 Science Assessment
2. Instruct students in various ways to classify matter based on physical properties
3. Demonstrate for students how to use microscale chemistry techniques to explore the uses of energy
4. Teach students how to make an electric circuit and to help them better understand where electricity comes from.
5. Model Earth systems in a Petri dish to study changes in landforms.
6. Give students the ability to identify alternative energy resources.
7. Help students compare how different structures and functions help them survive.

CONTENT OUTLINE:
Examining the difference between a science investigation and a science activity.
How to make learning fun through science investigations.
How to use the laboratory experience to better prepare students for the STAAR exam
Hands-on activities
Hands-on activities
Overview and Wrapping up: Group discussion on ways to make laboratory/field experiments reinforce STAAR Readiness Standards.

METHODS/TEACHING STRATEGIES:
Workshop will be primarily a hands-on learning environment with instructor/participant interaction and discussion. Participants will be learning about how to integrate the laboratory experience into classroom using methods that are relatively inexpensive, easy to prepare and minimizes clean-up or recovery. A copy of the State Energy Conservation Office CD on Alternative Energy: A Science Curriculum Supplement will be provided for each workshop participant.

Middle School Teachers  7/20/2018 Genecov Science Bld Room G226

COURSE DESCRIPTION:. Experiments are written to use techniques that minimize teacher preparation time while maximizing student learning. Chemicals used are environmentally green or used in micro scale quantities so that experiments can be done by the students in smaller groups while minimizing chemical recovery, disposal cost and safety hazards while maximizing learning. Experiment topics will include: Reporting Category 1:Readiness Standard 8.5(a) [structure of the atom] , Readiness Standard 8.5(b)[protons and electrons related to element’ identity and properties 8.5(c) use the Periodic Table to explain how properties are used to classify elements,8.5(d) [recognize that chemical formulas are used to identify substances], 8.5 € investigate evidence of chemical reactions], Reporting Category 3: Readiness Standard 8.9(b) [ relate plate tectonics to the formation of crustal features], Reporting Category 4: Readiness Standards 8.11(c) [ environmental changes affect organisms].

PREREQUISITES: Working in a Middle School Science background.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
After completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Use creative and fun techniques to guide students through science investigations.
2. Use technology for measuring electrical changes due to elements exchanging electrons and relate these changes to the structure of the atom.
3. Demonstrate for students how to use micro scale chemistry techniques to investigate chemical properties and reactivity and relate these properties to the Periodic Table
4. Demonstrate how to model an Earth system in a Petri dish to investigate plate tectonics
5. Be able to guide students as they explore the impact of environmental changes on subsequent populations.

High School Teachers 7/27/2018 Genecov Science Bld Room G226

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course uses investigative learning to prepare teachers to teach students. Experiments are written to use techniques that minimize teacher preparation time while maximizing student learning. Chemicals used are environmentally green or used in microscale quantities so that experiments can be done by the students in smaller groups while minimizing chemical recovery, disposal cost and safety hazards while maximizing learning. Experiment topics will include: Reporting Category 1:Readiness Standard C.4(a) differentiating physical and chemical properties, Readiness Standard c.5(B) use the Periodic Table to identify and explain the properties of chemical families…, Reporting Category 3: Readiness Standard C.8(b) and (d), Reporting Category 4: Readiness Standards C.9(a) [gas laws] and C.11(c) thermochemistry and Category 5: Readiness Standards C.10(b) [solubility rules], C.10(f) [factors that influence solubility] and C.10(h) [differentiating types of reactions] titrations, electrolysis, and compound synthesis and reaction rates.

PREREQUISITES: Working in a High School Science background.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
After completion of this course, the participants will be able to:
1. Name ways to use technology for data collection and analysis of gas laws
2. Demonstrate for students how to use microscale chemistry techniques to study solution properties
3. Demonstrate how to measure heat exchange of chemical reactions using Micro scale techniques.
4. Name ways to have students visualize the relationship between the Periodic Table and differences in physical and chemical properties.
5. Use learned investigative strategies to guide students through investigative experiments.