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Gsci 164 Physical Science: Learning Through Teaching (2credit,2ndblock)

The pages on this web site are continually being updated.  The authors have chosen to post material quickly in what should be considered an intermediate stage. Therefore many typos, misspellings and grammatical errors have not been discovered and corrected.

This web page starts with the version from last semester. It will be updated as schedules and plans become firm.  The previous semester’s material will serve as a guide for this semester.

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This course is designed to be an integral part of the preparation for future teachers. The competency level expected is appropriate for teachers at all grade levels.  Science and mathematics understanding has been identified as a critical component for all grade levels and this course has been designed in conjunction with other courses to directly address what teachers need to know in order to create a very positive learning environment in the K-12 classroom.

The focus of the course will be on understanding. The main premise is:

In order to teach well one must understand.

Understanding is the based on the relationship between facts and the models, examples, pictures and ideas that support this relationship.

A second premise is:

Real understanding is enhanced by trying to explain scientific ideas.

A third premise is:

Future teachers are a group with some general characteristics

·      Enthusiasm, talent  and love of teaching

·      Low comfort level with science.

 

 

Components:

·      READING Textbook: The textbook is a general science textbook that has been recommended by several faculty and is widely used in general education. It constitutes the basic core.  During the semester each student needs to read the material as preparation for other parts of the course but also as a general review of the requisite basics of physical science. 

·      Online Concept Quiz: Reading is supplemented by an online quiz. Student should prepare by reviewing main concepts in the chapter. Quiz allows the student to practice and demonstrate their knowledge. For the most part this is an out-of-classroom activity. The material may not be treated in the classroom, but it is very important. Students are encouraged to embrace this aspect of the course and should difficulties arise with this component the students are expected to bring these to the forefront by asking questions during the Monday lectures.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that difficult concepts, problems or topics found in the textbook are addressed in the lectures by asking questions.

·      Homework: Multiple-try online assignments that should expose areas of difficulty and help students evaluate their understanding.  If one understands the concepts one should be able to apply these ideas to solve problems. Students are encouraged to work with classmates and ask related question in class.

·      Weeks First Lecture: Explanations, discussions and question period. The in-class portion of the course will focus on specific topics and ways to build understanding.  The first week, for example, a thorough treatment of vector addition will allow us to see how common experience, basic concepts outside of science and practical knowledge can be exploited to reach an understanding of how many quantities in physical science (position, velocity, force, angular momentum) are understood.  One focus will be on methods for understanding and what constitutes understanding. Typically the week’s first lecture will last about an hour.  The instructor will prepare specific topics that highlight how one builds an understanding of science. Students are encouraged to also use the lecture to address difficulties by asking questions. Students will not be required to spend additional time in the lecture if questions surface.

 

·      End of the Week Activity: Focus on specific aspects of the weeks material. Full two hour period devoted to chosen areas from the week’s core material. Models, pictures, relationships and simple formulations as well as experiments and hands-on demonstrations will be used to teach science. Again the primary focus will be on the building of comprehension and understanding. The goal will be to discourage wrote learning by encouraging an engaging conversation on the topics at hand.

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Syllabus 164

Texbook: Physical Science

Author: Bill Tillery

Edition: 6th

ISBN: 0-07-292207-9

 

How to succeed (Dr. G’s advice)

 

Homework

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Check List

Student Experts

Students are required to identify one topic that they will pursue at a much deeper level. Students will prepare a hands-on activity in this area. 

Wednesday morning 8-11:00 and after class on Monday have been reserved for student activity help. The evenings are also open to schedule meetings.

My home phone is posted on my office door. If you arrive for a meeting and my office is closed please call and remind me of our appointment.

Choose some aspects of the material that you think are difficult and base part of your activity on clarifying these ideas. Develop a quiz to see if you succeeded and to reward the students that learned these ideas.

Bloom Taxonomy HTML DOC   (DrGs discussion of Bloom)

EVALUATION

·      Instructor evaluates each student

·      Students evaluate each student.

Content

Planning your activity (Expanded discussion).

Resources

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Introduction and welcome

ABSTRACT NOTIONS  Developing scientific thinking.

This web page starts with the version from last semester. It will be updated as schedules and plans become firm.  The previous semester’s material will serve as a guide for this semester.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

 

 

1

14-Mar

15-Mar

16-Mar

17-Mar

18-Mar

1

 

 

9:00 -10:55

2-3:55

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Policy Quiz

Vectors Activity

Vectors Activity

 

 

lect 1

lect 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 1 Vectors

 

 

 

2

21-Mar

22-Mar

23-Mar

24-Mar

25-Mar

2

 

 

Motion Quiz

Motion Quiz

 

Motion

Motion

 

 

Lecture 2

Lecture 2

 

Problem set 1

Problem set 1

 

 

 

Week 2 Chapter MOTION

 

 

 

3

28-Mar

29-Mar

30-Mar

31-Mar

1-Apr

3

 

 

Force Quiz

Force Quiz

 

Simple Machines

Simple Machines

 

 

Lecture 4

Lecture 4

 

Problem set 2

Problem set 2

 

 

 

Week 3 Force and Energy

 

 

 

4

4-Apr

5-Apr

6-Apr

7-Apr

8-Apr

4

 

 

Heat  Quiz

Heat  Quiz

 

HEAT Activity

HEAT Activity

 

 

Lecture 4

Lecture 4

 

Problem set 3

Problem set 3

 

 

 

Week 4 Chapter 4 HEAT

 

 

 

5

11-Apr

12-Apr

13-Apr

14-Apr

15-Apr

5

 

 

 Sound Quiz

 Sound Quiz

 

SOUND Activity

SOUND Activity

 

 

Lecture 5

Lecture 5

 

Problem set 4

Problem set 4

 

 

 

Week 5 Chapter 5 SOUND

 

 

 

6

18-Apr

19-Apr

20-Apr

21-Apr

22-Apr

6

 

 

Electricity Quiz

Electricity Quiz

 

ELECTRIC activity

ELECTRIC activity

 

 

Lecture

Lecture

 

Problem set 5

Problem set 5

 

 

 

Week 6 Chapter 6 Electricty

 

 

 

7

25-Apr

26-Apr

27-Apr

28-Apr

29-Apr

7

 

 

Light Quiz

Light Quiz

 

Light Activity

Light Activity

 

 

Lecture

Lecture

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 7 Chapter 7 LIGHT

 

 

 

 

2-May

3-May

4-May

5-May

6-May

 

 

 

 

Final Exam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week Vectors

policy quiz

NO Friday activity

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Week 2  Motion

Monday Concept quiz online before class

Problem set 1 [online LonCapa]

Friday activity: Vectors and Activity Quiz completed and returned on Monday

 

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Week 3 Force and Energy

Lecture Monday, Activity Friday

Chapter quiz before class Monday.

Hand in the previous Friday activity quiz (envelope please) Monday

Homework due Friday.

Evaluate student activity leaders (available until end of the semester)

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Week 4 Heat

Lecture Monday, Activity Friday

Chapter quiz before class Monday.

Hand in the previous Friday activity quiz (envelope please) Monday

Homework due Friday.

Evaluate student activity leaders (available until end of the semester)

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Week 4.5.6.7

Same as above

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Comprehensive final

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Activity Evaluation:

Remember at the end of the semester you will evaluate all of the student led activities. PLEASE keep some notes on how each activity was conducted in terms of knowledge of material, organization, presentation and explanations of topics. You should spend a few minutes updating your evaluations after each activity.  You can evaluate each student when they complete their activities. The evaluation is in the form of a quiz on LonCapa. As long as you simply SAVE the quiz your results will be saved and you can reenter the evaluation quiz at a later date. When all evaluations for every week are complete you can SUBMIT.

 

To help you evaluate the performance of your classmates, please refer to the pictures and names posted on BB.

 

 

Comprehensive Final:

Final exam will consist of a comprehensive examination of the ideas presented in class, in the textbook, and during the Friday activities.  Students are expected to answer a more detailed section of the exam, which probes their knowledge of the area that they declared to be their area of expertise.

 

Final Exam

Students can arrive at any time and take as long as necessary to complete the comprehensive final exam.

 

QUIZ ******* 

Quizzes are given through LonCapa. If you have troubles please discuss the difficulties with DRG.  Please inform DrG within one week of the problem so that prompt corrective action can be taken.

__________________Additional Comments ______________________

Material is based on several semesters. These are impressions and ideas gained teaching this course.  All semester specific material is in the next section.

163 and 164 Instructor’s Course Development page.  Gsci 163 Matter of Matter (1credit,1stblock) is the complementary course that is typically offered as the 1st semester block. 

IDLS Science Core Home Page

DrG’s comments on GSCI 163 material. These are notes that I took while attending some of Dr. Peterson’s classes. They span several semesters.