Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
Developing and using models
Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
Planning and Carrying Out Investigations and Analyzing Data
Arguing from Evidence
Evaluating and Communicating Information
These online modules are designed to be "self-facilitating," i.e., they require minimal preparation and are organized to guide a group of science teachers through a series of activities and discussions. Each session in each module ends with a quick evaluation of that session.
Each module is designed for groups of science teachers, e.g., professional learning communities (PLC) or curriculum teams (CT), at any grade level or mixed grade levels, to review and discuss a single practice in a series of 20-30 minute sessions totaling about 10 hours of professional development per module. These modules provide a convenient, self-placed, teacher-focused set of professional development "workshops" in science practices and science teaching.
The focus is on experiencing, discussing and enriching our teaching of the practices. The overall goal for the K-12 teachers of science that engage in these modules is to raise awareness of the importance of the practices in science teaching and provide strategies for teaching science and engineering practices more directly and more often.