2023 Kansas City National Conference

October 25-28, 2023

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FILTERS APPLIED:9 - 12, Hands-On Workshop, Tech Tools, Preservice Science Education


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Improving the Early Field Experience for Preservice Teachers and Cooperating Teachers Using a Core Practices Based Observational Tool

Thursday, October 26 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2211

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Core practices and indicators.docx
Core Practices CT observation tool V1.docx
Core practices Obs Tool builder NSTA.xlsx
NSTA 2023 Core practices Observational tool.pptx

STRAND: Research to Practice

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There is a growing call for both making early field experiences more impactful for preservice teachers and developing a stronger connection between methods courses and field experiences. The development of core practices is rooted in K-12 classroom instruction and is intended to serve as an answer to this call for a stronger connection (Windschitl et al, 2012). The goal of this research study was to collect feedback from preservice secondary science teachers in an early field experience, the methods instructors, and the cooperating teachers to design a tool based on a few select core practices that would be used to help create a more focused and insightful observational experience in the secondary science classroom. Attendees to the session will have an opportunity to develop their understanding of core practices and learn how this tool can be used in the secondary classroom to frame the experiences of a preservice teacher who is observing the teacher in action.

During this session, you will learn how this observational tool can be used by preservice teachers as a means to guide their early field experience, as well as how you can use this tool to highlight your pedagogical practices, or as a basis for feedback you give to students you host in your classroom.

Kraig Kitts (Graduate student: , IN)

STEM Outreach for Families: Plan an Engaging and Meaningful Event

Thursday, October 26 • 2:20 PM - 3:20 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2208


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This will give information that will enable participants to replicate a STEM outreach event with various theme ideas. The activities are all low-cost and adaptable across student ages and generations of family members. The activities are meant to provide opportunities for students and families to experience success in a fun and enriching way while engaging with STEM concepts from the NRC K-12 Framework. We will also discuss how we used this event as a way for our preservice teachers to experience and practice implementing informal education strategies. This event was hosted at our local STEM Center, but we will also discuss ways that it can be implemented at school STEM nights, at community events, or even as neighborhood "pop-up" events to reach diverse learners in equitable ways.

STEM Outreach events can be a way to engage students and families in equitable STEM learning to encourage and support all learners. This will provide information on how to replicate a STEM outreach event we hosted at our local STEM Center along with ideas about implementing it in different formats.

Kelly Moore (Tennessee Tech: Cookeville, TN)

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