Summer Course: 10557 Integrating the Common Core, Literacy, Math, and NGSS — through The Private Eye Program. 3 Graduate Credits


Dandelions! Crickets! Eyeballs! In a unique collaboration between the STEM Center, PSU, and the acclaimed Private Eye Program, elementary teachers will explore how to use this hands-on, interdisciplinary program to rev-up student motivation, enrich content understanding, and heighten critical and creative thinking. Teachers will apply crosscutting ideas of analogies, patterns, scale and proportion, systems and models, and structure and function throughout science, math, and literacy. The focus will be on embedding the use of a jeweler's loupe and questioning strategies into STEM content areas, as well as scientific and mathematical practices to enhance students' ability to: 1) develop motivational bridges between content areas; 2) make investigation into content areas simpler, but sophisticated and scholarly; 3) develop students who naturally write-across-the-curriculum with high-level results. Additionally, teachers will develop lesson plans that incorporate The Private Eye® process and activities to address specific learning targets for elementary and secondary students in STEM areas, per the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core for Math and for English Language Arts & Literacy. As part of a grant, participants receive a set of Private Eye loupes.

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