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1 Designing a course Eugenia Etkina Graduate School of Education Department of Learning and Teaching Rutgers University September 2006

2 One main principle You cannot teach anybody anything. You can only create the conditions for them to learn. (E. Redish, Professor of Physics, University of Maryland) Three main ideas guiding the design of my courses Make the goals of the course clear and make sure students share the goals. Provide a clear path for the students to achieve the goals. Provide constant feedback ot the students and use their work as the feedback to revise my teaching. The purpose of assessment is learning not grading.

3 Development of Ideas in Physical Science 256:551 Introductory remarks The goal of the course is to acquaint prospective physics and chemistry teachers with the epistemology of physical science and its implications to science instruction. You will learn how to use the knowledge of epistemology and history of science to design physics/chemistry lessons. Activities and Grading Your course final grade will be based on... Each assignment can be improved. I encourage you to try as many times as you need to make the assignment perfect. ActivityTotal points Attendance, participation 100 Homework 100 Quizzes 100 NY Times Project 100 Storytelling project100 History project100 Instructional materials100 Grand Total700

4 Description of activities Homework (individual assignment) The purpose of this assignment is to help you master the logic of scientific reasoning…. You will the report with the scores to Eugenia at as a word attachment. Use your first name and the number of the week “Katy5.doc”. Deadline: by Thursday night or Friday before 8 am you will send the report to Eugenia. Make sure this is the best you can do. On Friday morning/afternoon you will receive feedback, and revise the report if necessary by Monday morning. At the beginning of the semester prepare to do 3-4 revisions per homework. Plan your week accordingly so you can spend Wednesdays and Thursdays working on the homework.

5 Quizzes (individual) The purpose of the quizzes is to help you focus on the physics ideas, concepts and most importantly on the new language that we will be using…. You can retake each quiz as many times as you need to get it perfect but all retakes are before class time. The New York Times Analysis (individual) The purpose of this assignment is to help you learn to find elements of scientific reasoning in popular literature…. You will need to type up the article with the annotations on the right side of the page across each statement in the article (see the example attached). If your annotations are not appropriate, Eugenia will suggest revisions that you will incorporate into a new version.

6 History project (group assignment) The purpose of this assignment is to practice identifying elements of scientific reasoning in the history of the development of a big idea. You will choose one fundamental idea in physical science (from the list in the table below) and trace its historical development following the ISLE cycle. … You will write a paper describing the development of the idea and prepare a lesson to teach in class in which parts of the historical cycle will be recreated. Use the rubrics for guidance. You will materials for feedback to Eugenia, revise and then and teach a lesson in class.

7 Story telling project (individual) The purpose of this assignment is to help you learn how to make scientists human for your students. The story should include personal information, information about the historical situation in science, culture and politics, and information about the contribution of this scientist to the development of the idea (or ideas). After you prepare the story, you will it to Eugenia, receive feedback, revise, and rehearse for oral presentation. Then you will perform the story during class. During the performance you will not read from the prepared document, you will tell the story by heart as an actor.

8 Instructional materials (group assignment) The purpose of this assignment is to learn how to design curriculum materials. The story telling project and the lesson curriculum materials after final revisions will be copied for all class participants. Deadlines: Homework is due Thursday night or Friday before 9 am. Idea-scientists should be chosen by September 15 th. First draft of the personal story and ISLE cycle is due October 15 th. First draft of the lesson is due two weeks prior to the presentation. Final history project materials: November 20 th. Tentative list of topics for discussions and homework assignments (by week)


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