themes include active
learning strategies and inquiry teaching, differentiating
instruction, using the outdoors and community
resources, integrating curriculum, and
teaching about the nature of science.
activities will give participants opportunities todevelop
strategies and skills and "pedagogical content knowledge" related
to implementing inquiry and differentiated instruction
in the elementary classroom. Together we will explore hands-on
teaching and some of the many resources for teaching science
in Southwestern Virginia.
content focus is on Grade 4-6 science as specified in the 2010 Virginia Standards of Learning
and the National Science Education Standards. This content includes
the nature of science itself, inquiry processes, and
key concepts in physical, earth-space, and life