SCE3940

Teaching Middle School Science Practicum

This course is designed for students who are majoring in science education and who will be obtaining teacher certification in grades 5-9 or 6-12. This practicum accompanies SCE 3320 and provides students with opportunities to present interactive curriculum projects to middle school students in local area school districts.

Teaching Middle School Science Practicum

Course Code:
SCE3940

Credit Hours:
1

Effective beginning:
2022-2023

Sections:
001

 

Course Description:
This course is designed for students who are majoring in science education and who will be obtaining teacher certification in grades 5-9 or 6-12. This practicum accompanies SCE 3320 and provides students with opportunities to present interactive curriculum projects to middle school students in local area school districts. Students spend a minimum of 30 school-based hours in the middle school classroom, to include (10) hours of teaching. Project presentations will be coordinated cooperating teachers and their curriculum schedules and needs. This course addresses specific state-adopted standards, subject matter competencies, and pedagogy pertinent to the discipline and required for certification.

 

Course Details

Prerequisites:

Corequisite: SCE 3320

 

Instructors:

Varies

 

Required textbooks/ course materials:

SUGGESTED:

  1. NextGenerationScienceStandards[Available]nextgenscience.org

  2. Florida Educator Competencies and Skills (http://www.fldoe.org/asp/ftce/ftcecomp.asp#Fifteenth)

  3. Florida Educator Accomplished Practices

  4. A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas, 2012 (free PDF from National Academies Press and hard copy from NSTA Press)

  5. Common Core Standards Initiative (http://www.corestandards.org)

  6. Science Instruction in the Middle and Secondary Schools, Chiappetta, E.L., Koballa, T.R., Eighth Edition, 2015 Pearson, ISBN 13: 9780133783766

  7. National Science Education Standards. National Research Council (1996). Washington, DC: National Academy Press. [Available] http://www.nap.edu/books/0309053269/html/R1.html [Standards]

(Appropriate dress for field experience: black slacks and School of Education polo (Polos are available in the campus bookstore.)

 

Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.

 

Discipline-level learning outcomes:

E–1 Demonstrate understanding of instructional design and lesson planning by applying concepts from human development and learning theories.

E–2 Demonstrate ability to maintain a student-centered learning environment that is safe, organized, equitable, flexible, inclusive and collaborative.

E–3 Demonstrate effective instructional delivery and facilitation by utilizing deep and comprehensive knowledge.

E–4 Demonstrate understanding of assessment by analyzing and applying data from multiple assessments to diagnose learning needs and inform instruction.

E–5 Demonstrate continuous improvement by designing purposeful goals to strengthen instructional effectiveness and impact student learning.

E–6 Demonstrates professional responsibility and ethical conduct and fulfills expected obligations to students, the public, and the education profession.

 

Course-level learning outcomes:

LINKING COURSE-LEVEL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES WITH DISCIPLINE- SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES, ASSESSMENT METHODS, AND ARTIFACTS

 

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

State- Adopted/ NSES Standards

 

FEAPs (Discipline Outcomes)

 FL Competencies and Skills: 
Science 5-9Professional Ed. Assessment Activities
Draw upon knowledge from the Competencies/ Skills, Accomplished Practices, National Standards, State- Adopted Standards, and the Florida Code of Ethics to complete assignments, observe, and interact with teachers and students in the middle school classroom.  Selected standards based upon practicum assignment.   

Selected indicators for competencies based upon practicum assignment.

 

 

6.1, 6.2, 11.1, 11.3, 12.3
Task 10.1.1-RU, T eaching assignment- lesson plans 
Plan and teach appropriate lessons to middle students  All NSES Science teaching standards based upon teaching assignment (documented as part of the lesson plans).  E-1, E-3  Selected indicators for competencies based upon practicum assignment.  4.1, 4.2, 7.3, 7.4, 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 12.1, 12.2  Task 10.1.1-RU, Task 10.1.2-RU 
Use effective classroom management strategies   E-3    9.1-9.4  Task 10.1.1-RU, Teaching assignments 
Evaluate student progress in science by effective use of questioning, observation, and appropriate test construction.    E-3    1.1-1.4  Task 10.1.2-RU T eaching assignments 
Demonstrate how reading (FCAT Reading) and language arts skills (FCAT Writing) and mathematics (FCAT Math) can be effectively integrated    E-1, E-3    8.1-8.5  Task 10.1.1-RU, T eaching assignments 
Demonstrate how an interdisciplinary lesson can be effectively integrated  NSES U.1-5  E-3      MA-4, Teaching Assignments SD 
Demonstrate proficiency in designing/planning science lessons and assessments for accommodating diverse learners and limited English proficient students (LEP).    E-1, E-2     2.1-2.4, 5.2, 14.3  Task 10.1.1-RU, T eaching assignments 

 

Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  1. Attend and participate in class regularly.

  2. Read all assigned material before class.

  3. Study in-class notes and on-line (Canvas) materials.

  4. Complete assigned projects in a timely manner to enable reflections and revisions on the final product.

  5. Seek opportunities to practice teaching skills through tutoring and substituting in K – 12 schools.

  6. Collaborate with peers and other professionals.

 

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