Each summer our district puts on a three day Summer Institute for teachers. Those who attend get a $100/day stipend and re-certification credits. We have trainers across the district, the state, and consultants come in for those three days who run various classes. As tech coaches we are required to present at least two out of the three days. This year our training focus was to target technology integration into specific curriculum areas. Surprise, surprise...I choose science as my curriculum area.
I decided to train on Science Centers in the Classroom. I used the S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) as the model for my rotations (with each letter being the focus of a rotation).
For a complete copy of the presentation click HERE. For a copy of the science center rotation instructions for each center click HERE.
If you are interested in adding science centers to your classroom you might want to consider a rotation focus (like the STEAM model). It really helps with planning and focus. A big question I got was how often do you do the rotations? You can do it however works for your class. When I did them in the class each station was a day (so it took the entire week to cycle through each station...but I had limited time with the students). I only did one week like that a unit because it took so much planning (it just depends on the teacher, the time, the resources, and the curriculum).
I had a teacher email me after the start of the year writing:
I was in your summer institute training for
steam and utilized what I learned this past week. I wanted to share with you
because my students and I both LOVED it!! My team is now doing them too and we
are trying to integrate it into our social studies as well! So thanks!! I
attached some pictures :) FYI - It meant a lot that she emailed. A lot of times we never hear back from teachers and that email just about made my day! Here were her pictures.
I started this blog many years ago as a classroom science teacher with the express purpose of sharing notebooking ideas with other educators. I have since moved into a technology coach position within our district so this site has morphed into a general teaching blog. Basically anything that I see or do in schools that I think is pretty cool gets highlighted here. If you are visiting to find notebooking information please look at my earlier posts. I have tried to label all my posts so information is easier to find...so, when in doubt look at the labels. As always, if you have any question please feel free to email me and I will do my best to help!