Lesson Planning (Science, Physics and Chemistry)

LEARNING GOAL: We are constructing an understanding of science education goals

LEARNING GOAL: We are prioritizing curriculum

SUCCESS CRITERIA: I'm looking for constructive conversations and dialogue about science education and teaching

SUCCESS CRITERIA: I'm looking for reasonable categorization of curriculum values, with justification


1999 Curriculum 2008 Curriculum

Moodle and Google Doc

"A scientifically and technologically literate person is one who can read and understand common media reports about science and technology, critically evaluate the information presented, and confidently engage in discussions and decision-making activities regarding issues that involve science and technology."

Science Co-ordinators’ and Consultants’ Association of Ontario (SCCAO) and Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario (STAO/APSO),“Position Paper: The Nature of Science” (2006), p. 1

Page 5/6 of the curriculum document: Fundamental Concepts and Big Ideas

In every strand, the Specific Expectations are an explication of the Overall Expectations.

  • The first Overall Expectation always corresponds to the "Science-Technology-Society-Environment" Specific Expectations.
  • The second Overall Expectation always corresponds to the "Developing Skills of Investigation and Communication" Specific Expectations.
  • The third Overall Expectation always corresponds to the "Understanding Basic Concepts" Specific Expectations.

You do not have to teach every single Specific Expectation or every aspect of each one. Anything in brackets is suggested.

Look at one strand of the science curriculum of your choice (grade 4 to 10) and choose which expectation(s) you feel are most important.

Consider which ALL (scientific literacy, must have to pass), MOST (prep for next year) or SOME (may be skipped if needed) students would need to know

You are not deciding which students should learn which Specific Expectations. That is, you are not deciding who should or should not go on with their studies in science. If you design your course well and assess fairly, you will be teaching them how to figure that out for themselves and make their own choices.

Positivist and Constructivist Teaching - Moodle - Assignment due next week

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