Science Teaching Series

Internet Resources

I. Developing Scientific Literacy

II. Developing Scientific Reasoning

III. Developing Scientific Understanding

IV. Developing Scientific Problem Solving

V. Developing Scientific Research Skills

VI. Resources for Teaching Science

Task 1 - Context for Learning - Commentary

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Source: PACT Handbook - Science Teaching Event Candidate Handbook 2008-2009; Performance Assessment for Calfiornia Teachers

1. Briefly describe the following:

a. Type of school/program in which you teach, (e.g., middle/high school, themed school or program)

b.Kind of class you are teaching (e.g., ninth grade Integrated Science – untracked, Honors Biology) and organization of subject in school (e.g., departmentalized, interdisciplinary teams)

c. Degree of ability grouping or tracking, if any

2. Describe your class with respect to the features listed below. Focus on key factors that influence your planning and teaching of this learning segment. Be sure to describe what your students can do as well as what they are still learning to do.

a. Academic development
Consider students’ prior knowledge, key skills, developmental levels, and other special educational needs. (TPE 8)

b. Language development
Consider aspects of English language proficiency in conversational and academic language as well as in the students’ primary languages, if other than English. Describe the language development of your entire class, not just your English learners. (TPEs 7, 8)

c. Social development
Consider factors such as the students’ ability and experience in expressing themselves in constructive ways, negotiating and solving problems, and getting along with others. (TPE 8)

d. Socio-economic and cultural context
Consider key factors such as cultural context, knowledge acquired outside of school, and home/community resources.

3. Describe any district, school, or cooperating teacher requirements or expectations that might impact your planning or delivery of instruction, such as required curricula, pacing, use of specific instructional strategies, or standardized tests.