SCIC - Science
This course enables students to understand the major content and principles of the sciences and to apply them in the teaching of the sciences in the elementary and middle school. Emphasis is on examining and designing curriculum to help pupils discover the connections of science to real-world situations, to investigate patterns through inquiry, and to use the patterns to predict the answers to new questions about our world and sustainability. Participants become familiar with and apply state and national standards.
This course recognizes that personal development is a prerequisite to professional growth. Intensive challenge using both natural and urban environments is the vehicle for students to look at themselves; to learn to trust themselves and a group; to learn that some tasks require more than normal effort; and to learn that they have the resources to give.
A field-based course, this intensive workshop provides a behind-the-scene look at energy providers in Missouri. The experiences of the course challenge participants to synthesize the information they gather and develop curricula that share concepts and build understanding about our choices and responsibilities as energy consumers.
This course focuses on group initiative games, ropes initiative courses, and orienteering. Students design and use group initiative games. They experience and develop group leadership skills on ropes initiative courses. The course includes the opportunity to earn Level I and Level II certification for use of ropes initiative courses in St. Louis area parks. (This certification involves an additional $5.00 fee.) Basic skills in orienteering will be emphasized. Students increase their abilities to take initiative, make decisions, and work cooperatively. NOTE: This course can be taken for CR/NC only.
Students in this course look at a particular land area and the kinds of tools a geologist would use to gather information about the area. The emphasis is on the kinds of tools the geologist uses so that the teacher is able to use these tools on a land area near the classroom.
This course covers the physiological processes as they concern the whole animal. Animals chosen are those that can be kept in elementary school classrooms. The experiments deal with animals and humans, and many are applicable to the student’s classroom.
This course is designed to acquaint teachers with the fresh water environments of this area and how they may be used in the classroom. There are six required field trips (one all-day), with others optional. The emphasis is on making equipment, learning to use it, identifying organisms, field trip experiences, and human beings’ effects on the fresh water environment.
This course is a field study of plant and animal organisms found in fields and forests. Students consider relationships to environment and population changes, and develop specific activities applicable to their classrooms.
Materials and content selected from the biological sciences apply directly to the PK12 classroom. The specific topics to be studied during any particular semester depend on the instructor’s background, current interest, and materials available from curriculum projects. May be repeated for credit if content differs.