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What Research Tells Us About Teaching Science
Research shows that teachers are the most important factors in the quality of a student’s STEM education.
However, elementary teachers tend to lack the content and pedagogical background in science they need to teach engaging, high-quality lessons.
This means elementary teachers may avoid teaching science, or only teach the topics with which they are most comfortable or simply rely on “activities that work” (i.e., that run smoothly and yield expected results) rather than engaging in meaningful, coherent, inquiry-oriented science teaching.
In fact, science is one of the first things to be sacrificed in a typical elementary school day because teachers are so busy with the other subjects that they never find the extra time that it takes to teach—or even prepare to teach—science.
StarrMatica’s Virtual Science Coach solves these issues by focusing on the two factors that have the greatest impact on the quality of a teacher’s science instruction:
science content knowledge and questioning.
StarrMatica Virtual Science Coach is an innovative online library of “bite-sized” engaging resources designed to help busy elementary teachers improve their science instruction.
By engaging with a series of animated videos, application challenges, literature, audio files, and lesson planning resources that each require 20 minutes or less, teachers are able to fit their professional development into their hectic schedules.
Iowa Science Standards Coach
Teachers master three-dimensional instruction by diving into the standards structure, the crosscutting concepts, the science and engineering practices, and 5Es lesson planning.
Teachers deepen their ability to ask productive questions and engage students in academically productive discourse.
Performance Expectations Coach
Teachers build science content knowledge for each standard with interesting literature and podcasts. Teachers also benefit from lesson planning guides that share high-quality STEM resources including lesson ideas, literature, phenomena, questions to ask, assessments, trans-curricular integrations, and career connections.
BONUS: Expert Mentorship and Community Collaboration
Virtual Science Coach members are invited to join our private Facebook community where they can engage with teacher mentors who can help them to apply the concepts they are learning to their specific curriculums and students.
And while the Virtual Science Coach can be used independently, teachers are also encouraged to attend our monthly “STEM Collaboration” webinars where they can learn from content experts and have the opportunity to practice their newly learned Virtual Science Coach skills. Topics include:
Is that science or is it a craft?
Questioning Boot Camp
Choosing “Wonder – full” Phenomena
Literacy Strategies for Your Science Classroom
Physical Science Brain Boost
Life Science Brain Boost
Earth and Space Science Brain Boost
Connecting to STEM Careers in Your Community
How to Spot STEM Imposters