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Behind the Design [electronic resource]

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Examines prototypical, engineering designs modelling how students modify these and learn physical science principles as they do so. Philip Sadler, Ed.D. believes young children are natural designers and builders, but if their interest is not fostered, it may wane as they move through the grades. This workshop focuses on the use of simple design prototypes that children are asked to improve upon in order to meet a particular challenge. The theories are tested in middle school classrooms and discussed by teachers using design experiences using with their students.
Online
2000
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Mathematics [electronic resource]: A Community Focus

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Dr. Civil contends that we need to look more carefully at the mathematical potential of the home and that it is essential that schools learn to be more flexible and knowledgeable about students home environments. Interviews Dr. Civil, the teachers she works with, and a long-standing parent mathematics group. Also follows a teacher on a family visit to observe these principles in action.
Online
2000
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Learning to Share Perspectives [electronic resource]

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Stresses the need for professional development based on the discussion of cases in mathematics teaching. Dr. Barnett describes this case approach, with demonstrations by long-term teacher group. The development of cases for children in elementary and middle school mathematics classes is highlighted as an evolving approach to furthering the development of their mathematical thinking.
Online
2000
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Conceptual Change [electronic resource]

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Explores the role played by prior knowledge in the learning of new science ideas. Demonstrates that only when a new idea is understood, accepted, and found to be useful does it begin to be exchanged for a previously held scientific belief. Examines how teachers ideas about teaching and learning may be altered as they engage students in strategies designed to promote conceptual change.
Online
2000
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Infusing Critical and Creative Thinking [electronic resource]

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Considers how critical and creative thinking can be infused throughout the curriculum to assist students to better understand science concepts. Contrasts this with direct instruction in non-curricular contexts. Films classrooms where teachers have restructured their lessons to infuse thinking skills and, in the process, added richness and depth to their students learning.
Online
2000
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Algebra and Calculus [electronic resource]: The Challenge

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Discusses how to find ways to embed algebra and calculus concepts into the curriculum much earlier in children's school experience so that children are no longer asked to think about them as separate from their prior mathematics work.
Online
2000
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Children's Ways of Knowing [electronic resource]

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Explores the mathematics that children invent before they come to school, and reflects on what this understanding could mean for mathematics curricula, even in high school. Clinical interviews help teachers understand what children know before they come to school while classroom segments capture children s natural mathematical inclinations and their ways of constructing ideas. Viewers observe Professor Ginsburg helping teachers of young children rethink the mathematics curriculum based on children s natural mathematics work.
Online
2000
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Learning to Listen [electronic resource]

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Studies students learning-in-progress and discusses ways to assess the development of their science content and process skills. Shows how to provide students with the feedback needed to help them refine their ideas, and develop and test their science questions.
Online
2000