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Thursday, July 21
9:40 AM - 10:40 AM
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Inclusive, Hands-on Science Instruction for Elementary Students K-5

McCormick Place - W186c

As a K-5 English Learner Teacher, I work with all grades, and for the last five years I've been helping students reach NGSS Performance Expectations through inductive, hands-on science lessons. I’m also a Science Methods Professor at North Central College, where I coach pre-service teachers in how to create and teach NGSS-aligned, three-dimensional science lessons. In this session, teachers will experience several hands-on mini-lessons and explore the meaning of inductive learning in science. Teachers will inductively discover how circuits work and engineer solutions for erosion. We’ll also use digital microscopes to explore the needs of plants and the structure and function living things, so please bring a device with a USB port if you can. Throughout the session, I’ll showcase digital portfolio examples from my K-5 students over the last 5 years. Elementary teachers are often intimidated by teaching and assessing the ambitious performance expectations of the NGSS, especially given the limited class time available for science instruction. Incorporating experiential science lessons with reading, writing, and speaking allows cross-curricular connections with ELA. Teachers will see many examples of digital notebooks used with English Learners and special education students for ongoing performance assessment of both Science and ELA standards.

Takeaways: Inductive, and inclusive hands-on science experiences and the use of digital portfolios lead to deeper learning as well as ELA & Math connections for K-5 students.


Melissa Eaton (Cowlishaw Elementary School: Naperville, IL)

Thursday, July 21
9:40 AM - 10:40 AM
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Engineering for Us All: Exploring the "Why," "What," and "Who" of Engineering

McCormick Place - W194a

“You’re good at math; be an engineer.” Isn’t there more to it? Who is an engineer? Engineering helps society by solving problems. Let’s explore “why.”

Takeaways: Learn that engineering is more than math + science and take away classroom activities addressing engineering identity, ethics, and society (not your typical engineering activities).


Ken Reid (University of Indianapolis: Indianapolis, IN)

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Baseball card lesson
Baseball card lesson (complete)
Playpump lesson
Product archaeology lesson
Robot arm lesson (with materials list)
Shoe sole sketch and design lesson
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Thursday, July 21
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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DCI, CCC, and SEPs, Oh My! Sweet and Salty Investigations with a 3-D Twist!

McCormick Place - W176c

Discover how to implement three-dimensional learning into any science curriculum, all while engaging learners to become phenomenal!

Takeaways: How to use SEPs to drive student instruction and molecular-level modeling of processes using data to support claim.


Stacy Thibodeaux (Southside High School: Youngsville, LA)

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DCI, CCC, and SEPs Oh My! (2).pdf

Thursday, July 21
4:25 PM - 4:55 PM
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Formative Assessment and Developing Critical Thinking Skills

McCormick Place - W187c

This session is intended to discuss the importance of formative assessment as a tool for guiding students and helping all students to make progress. A variety of formative assessment tools will be explored. Most importantly, the use of individual feedback on formative assessments will be demonstrated and we will discuss how this leads to improved metacognition and critical thinking skills for students. Attendees will see sample student work on formative assessments and accompanying sample teacher feedback. They will practice making comments of there own, in addition to discussing logistical concerns with the practice of individualized feedback.

Takeaways: This session is intended to discuss the importance of formative assessment as a tool for guiding students and helping all students to make progress.


Jennifer Maguire (Virginia Tech: Blacksburg, VA)

Saturday, July 23
2:20 PM - 3:20 PM
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Lab Journals 2.0- Rethinking student-centered instructional practices

McCormick Place - W181a

Expectations on deeper learning and more rigor in our curriculums have led to increased demands on our students. As we collectively shifted from paper to digital, our access to tools improved but has our instruction kept pace? How do we prevent our curriculum from becoming simply a digital pencil with disconnected simulations and activities that fail to embrace high-quality scientific practices? In this session, we will examine how digital science journals can be used as a means for evidence collection and reflection on student learning. Together, we will focus on how students collect and analyze evidence in a variety of meaningful ways. Examples of primary sources will showcase how students can observe and categorize similarities to help answer a driving question. We will also examine best practices around using simulations to drive student inquiry. An emphasis on exploring data, from organization to manipulation will also be highlighted. Finally, we will showcase how AR and VR can be effectively used in the classroom to allow students to think and act like real scientists along with open-sourced 3D prints. Join me for an engaging session!

Takeaways: Attendees will be able to design educational opportunities focused on evidence collection and reflection to provide scientific arguments and explanations to a phenomenon.


Mike Jones (Illinois State University: Normal, IL)