Facilitated by Mare Sullivan, 2013 Washington State Secondary Science Teacher of the Year.
Cost $300 (includes 2 quarter graduate credits)
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POGIL is a pedagogy based on research indicating that a) teaching by telling does not work for most students, b) students who are part of an interactive community are more likely to be successful, and c) knowledge is personal; students enjoy themselves more and develop greater ownership over the material when they are given an opportunity to construct their own understanding.
An inquiry-based team environment energizes students and provides instructors with instant and constant feedback about what their students understand and misunderstand. Students quickly pick up the message that logical thinking and teamwork are prized above simply getting “the correct answer.” This emphasizes that learning is not a solitary task of memorizing information, but an interactive process of refining one’s understanding and developing one’s skills.
In this course we will build on the fundamentals and facilitation skills participants mastered during EDCT 5714 (Teaching with your mouth closed: Basic POGIL strategies for STEM teachers). We will explore process skills, guided inquiry learning, learning team construction and accountability, facilitation, and assessment, evaluating, metacognition, and grading in POGIL classrooms.
Students will read two chapters of the course text before the first class meeting. We will have three 1.5-hour meetings to discuss assigned reading. These meetings will be face-to-face if state restrictions allow or will be via Zoom.
Each participant will have a one 1-hour individual meeting with the instructor. During these meetings, the participants will choose an independent project to personalize their learning. These choices include reading additional chapters and submitting reflections on how the information will inform their teaching; working through published POGIL activities for their discipline(s) and writing/submitting a facilitation plan for each activity; writing POGIL activity facilitation plans for online teaching/learning environments; and/or other POGIL-related tasks that the instructor approves. This meeting will be face-to-face if state restrictions allow or will be via Zoom. Participants will submit a time sheet to document their total of 32 hours of work on reading and analyzing chapters and on their independent projects.
We will have a final 2-hour meeting where participants will share what they have learned during their independent projects and specify how they will use that learning when they enter their classrooms in the Fall. This meeting will be face-to-face if state restrictions allow or will be via Zoom.