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DCS 100 TUTORIAL

TOPIC: Class Organization & Preparation

Ms Noraini Abbas E-mail: norainia@nie.edu.sg Web page: http://home.pacific.net.sg/~nor_aini/NIE-NTU.htm

HOW TO CONTACT ME
By email: norainia@nie.edu.sg Call me (office phone): 67903833 Call or sms me(hand phone): 96545473 Through my website:
http://home.pacific.net.sg/~nor_aini/NIE-NTU.htm

Visit me at my office: Blk 7, level 3, Room 105 (near the General office)

OVERVIEW
Laying down ground rules (5 mins) Introduction to DCS 100 (10 mins) Assignment Expectation/Questions (15 mins) Balloting for theme/topic (10 mins)

Discussion in tutorial groups on theme/topic (20 mins)


Looking into learning outcomes (Primary Science Syllabus) and Science textbooks (2 grps-P3, 2 grps-P4, 2grps-P5 & 2grps-P6) (20 mins) Science Reflection (Journal Entry) (5 mins)

GROUND RULES
(1) Be punctual (2) Be alert, stay awake (3) Respect others Keep the lab clean Be focus; others might want to learn No reading/answering sms Turn all hand phones to silent mode

(4) Always ASK when in doubt Think of a question and write it down in your journal (5) Keep to deadlines Sms/email or call me earlier if you have problems

INTRODUCTION TO DCS 100


Curriculum and Pedagogy for Primary Science
Nature of science Scientific Inquiry Goals & Objectives of the Primary Science Curriculum (Knowledge + Skills) Analysis of textbooks, syllabus and other curricular materials Infusion of thinking skills ICT National Education I&E Principles, methods and strategies of teaching and learning primary science Experiential learning

What is Science?

Science fiction writer Isaac Asimov describes science as "a way of thinking," a way to look at the world.

What is Science?
Science is not just a collection of facts. Facts are a part of science. We all need to know some basic scientific information. But science is much more. It includes:
OBSERVING PREDICTING TESTING PREDICTIONS UNDER CONTROLLED CONDITIONS TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OF OUR OBSERVATIONS

Science also involves trial and error-trying, failing, and trying again. Science does not provide all the answers. It requires us to be skeptical so that our scientific "conclusions" can be modified or changed altogether as we make new discoveries.

Assignment Expectation
ASSIGNMENT 1 (60%) Curriculum Project ASSIGNMENT 2 (30%) Teaching Presentation Professional Attitude (10%) Reflective thinking, attendance, punctuality...

Assignment Expectation
(1) Draw lots to select science topics

(Curriculum Project) 60 marks


[15 marks]

(2) Literature Review (about 1000 words)


Should cover 3 recent journal papers

(3) Teaching Method


2 lesson plans [10 marks] Worksheets/Supporting Materials [15 marks] Emphasis on hands-on activities & development of conceptual understanding

(4) 1 or 2 periods lessons

(5) Limitation/Disadvantages related to teaching methods used need to


be highlighted
[5 marks] [15 marks]

(6) Introduction References/Overall Presentation

WHAT IS A LITERATURE REVIEW?


http://www.utoronto.ca/writing/litrev.html http://info.wlu.edu/literature_review/literature_review.html

http://bailey.uvm.edu/ref/envslitreview.html

Focus more on teaching methods/strategies

In writing the literature review, your purpose is to convey to your reader what knowledge and ideas have been established on a topic, and what their strengths and weaknesses are.
(PDF Document in my website on how to do a literature review?)

Writing a literature review lets you gain and demonstrate skills in two areas:
information seeking:
the ability to scan the literature efficiently, using manual or computerized methods, to identify a set of useful articles and books

critical appraisal:
the ability to apply principles of analysis to identify unbiased and valid studies.

A literature review must do these things:


be organized around and related directly to the lesson plan you are developing
synthesize results into a summary of what is and is not known identify areas of controversy in the literature formulate questions that need further research

Assignment Expectation
(Teaching Presentation) 30 marks
1. Introduction
Rationale Intended Objectives Process Skills Concept Level/Stream, pupil profile Teaching methods/materials Evaluation method 2. Illustration/Demonstration of one teaching/learning activity Achievement of objectives, content, teaching method, practical set up Interesting/challenging activity Effective use of teaching aids/materials Effectiveness of using teaching method/approach Effectiveness of explanation and questioning skills

3. Overall Presentation
Organization Flow of lesson/lesson delivery Communication Skills

DEADLINE
17th April 2006 No later than 5 pm Each student MUST hand me 1 soft copy and 1 hard copy Class rep will burn all lesson plans in 8 CDs Group leaders will burn for their group members (3 in each group) Adapt these lessons during your practicum

5 themes in Primary Science Syllabus


DIVERSITY CYCLES

INTERACTION
SYSTEMS ENERGY

DIVERSITY 3 TOPICS
Variety & characteristics of living things Materials
Classification of organisms and materials

CYCLES
6 TOPICS
Life Cycles of plants and animals Matter Water Day and Night cycles Unit of life Classification of organisms and materials

INTERACTION 4 TOPICS
Magnets Simple Machine Forces Environmental impacts Ecology

SYSTEMS
4 TOPICS
Plant parts and functions
Digestive and skeletal/muscular systems Respiratory and circulatory systems Electrical systems

ENERGY
4 TOPICS
Light Heat Photosynthesis and Respiration

Forms of energy and conversion

RESOURCES
iScience Resources My Pals are Here Resources Singapore Primary Science Syllabus Supporting Activity/Experiment books Journals on Science teaching methods Websites Books

FOOD FOR THOUGHT


Hands-on investigative activities ought to be sprinkled into a science program like spice; they cannot cannot subsitute for a main dish A student who has not developed the skill of learning through reading has no professional future in science. Without foundation in scientific vocabulary and with minimal knowledge of scientific fact, their words bear an accent of ignorance that is impossible to conceal --Dr Stan Metzenberg, Reading: The Most Important Science Process Skill

SCIENCE REFLECTION
Journal Entry Write your views on the quotes. Write down a question that might be in your mind OR write down your suggestion or an opinion about any issues discussed in the lecture/tutorial

SHARE YOUR RESOURCES WITH ME!!!


Journals on teaching and learning of Science (email me soft copy or hand me hard copy) Interesting websites as a teaching resource for Science Great vcd/ dvd to view on teaching/learning of Primary Science Other materials eg books etc

Getting Prepared
In the field of observation, chance favours the prepared mind ---Louis Pasteur

Read up these websites/articles for insights http://www.illinoisloop.org/scibook.html (looking into evaluating Science Curriculum) Longbottom John E 1999: Why teach Science? (check website)