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### Standards-based Grading Series: Using Process Portfolios to Document Thinking and Learning

### Standards-based Grading Series: Using Process Portfolios to Document Thinking and Learning

This 1.5 hr. workshop is dedicated to making thinking “visible” by documenting what influences a student’s thought process and by keeping track of the changes that occur when additional information is acquired. Process portfolios can be used in any subject area where a student’s ideas are evolving: a piece of writing, an experiment, a model, […]

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### Approaches to Learning: Incorporating Critical Thinking and Differentiation into Project-based Learning Outcomes

### Approaches to Learning: Incorporating Critical Thinking and Differentiation into Project-based Learning Outcomes

Participants in this 1.5 hr. workshop, will compare project-based learning outcomes and use their analysis to backward map the lesson such that it hits the skills and thinking objectives desired. Teachers will be introduced to several free online programs that allow students to create diverse projects and stimulate the novel application of learned content. Teachers […]

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### Statistics for Teaching Science: Part 2 The Problem with Describing Data Using the Mean

### Statistics for Teaching Science: Part 2 The Problem with Describing Data Using the Mean

Often by middle school and certainly by high school, students default to the mean as the best way to describe data without much consideration for how they might defend that choice. So, you might think, what’s the harm in that? Everyone knows what is meant by this descriptor, it is familiar and understandable, easy to […]

### Student-designed Experiments: Part 1 Building Curiosity

### Student-designed Experiments: Part 1 Building Curiosity

In this workshop, we will practice a repeatable structure for introducing a topic that will be studied through scientific exploration using a remote teaching and learning platform. We will help our students conduct a preliminary investigation at home developing interest in a particular phenomenon by generating data and making observations and hypotheses. We will then […]

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### Statistics for Teaching Science: Part 3 Getting Comfortable with Variance, Standard Deviation, Standard Error of the Mean, and the 95% Confidence Interval

### Statistics for Teaching Science: Part 3 Getting Comfortable with Variance, Standard Deviation, Standard Error of the Mean, and the 95% Confidence Interval

The variance, standard deviation, and standard error of the mean are excellent methods for describing data because they convey the variability of the observed data around the mean. Anyone teaching AP, IB, Pre-AP, Pre-IB, or college-bound science students will likely want to know how to calculate these values, what they indicate, and how to contextualize […]

### Student-designed Experiments: Part 2 Helping Students Write an Experimental Procedure

### Student-designed Experiments: Part 2 Helping Students Write an Experimental Procedure

In this workshop, we will pick up where Part 1 of this series left off. We begin with a list of variables our students have identified as potentially impacting a particular phenomenon they have explored. Using a think-pair-share process, we will give students the structure needed to write steps for a scientific investigation using the […]

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### Statistics for Teaching Science: Part 4 Expressing Error on a Graph

### Statistics for Teaching Science: Part 4 Expressing Error on a Graph

Error bars are placed on a graph to give a more detailed account of what was observed. Although there are many descriptors that can be used to draw error bars, in each case the value is used to express the uncertainty or variability of the data. Error bars created from certain calculations are especially informative […]

### Student-designed Experiments: Part 3 Guiding Data Analysis

### Student-designed Experiments: Part 3 Guiding Data Analysis

Teachers will play the role of the students, collecting data in their own homes and pooling their observations and measurements in a spreadsheet shared by their lab partners. We will conduct data analysis within lab groups during the workshop to experience how this process can be performed using remote teaching and learning platforms. Peer critiques […]

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### Statistics for Teaching Science: Part 5 Hypothesis Testing Using Chi-squared

### Statistics for Teaching Science: Part 5 Hypothesis Testing Using Chi-squared

Parts 5-8 continue the Statistics for Science series to include the skills required in high school Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) science courses. In these workshops, we will learn how and when to use each of the most common statistical tests that are used to test hypotheses. A hand-calculation will be done using […]

### Student-designed Experiments: Part 4 Drawing Evidence-based Conclusions

### Student-designed Experiments: Part 4 Drawing Evidence-based Conclusions

This workshop will focus on the content and demands of the conclusion section of a lab report, with applications to data-based questions and internal assessments for IB students, and free response questions for AP students. The conclusions drawn from experimental data must be limited to the scope of the experiment, but it is also important […]

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### Statistics for Teaching Science: Part 6 Hypothesis Testing Using the Student’s t-test

### Statistics for Teaching Science: Part 6 Hypothesis Testing Using the Student’s t-test

Parts 5-8 continue the Statistics for Science series to include the skills required in high school Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) science courses. In these workshops, we will learn how and when to use each of the most common statistical tests that are used to test hypotheses. A hand-calculation will be done using […]

### Student-designed Experiments: Part 5 Data-generating Activities for Labs and Computation

### Student-designed Experiments: Part 5 Data-generating Activities for Labs and Computation

Whether in the classroom or at home, how do we initiate the process of student-designed lab or field experiments? The first step is to help the students see potential research questions and the data in the world around them. In this 1.5-hour workshop, we engage in several demonstration activities to help teachers see sources for […]