Students are motivated to learn in the context of highly engaging and authentic “real-world” projects that guide instruction, serve to organize meaningful learning, and promote the excitement and joy of learning.
Students actively engage in science and engineering practices and mathematical reasoning to deepen their understanding of core ideas. Students work together to define problems, conduct investigations, make models, use computational thinking, write explanations, and discuss and present findings.
Our 21st century technology is designed to support a seamless implementation of our curricula. It includes all hands-on equipment needed for the classroom and top-of-the-line electronic books, probes, and mobile devices.
We are committed to providing comprehensive support services for districts implementing our programs. From face-to-face workshops to our ever-expanding Cyber professional-development resources, we can tailor-fit a complete solution to your needs.
Learning Physical Science is a one-semester curriculum with a student-oriented pedagogy designed to enable students to develop a deep understanding of the conceptual themes of energy, forces, and the atomic-molecular theory of matter and is suitable for a large lecture hall environment or a small enrollment class with no mandatory lab component. The course is designed in part for prospective elementary teachers.
Learning Physical Science includes unique components.
Learning Physical Science is designed to help students develop an understanding of important aspects of scientific thinking and the nature of science. It also include lessons about how students learn science themselves and how others (for example, either elementary school students or other college students) learn science.
Learning Physical Science is inquiry based.
Learning Physical Science elicits student initial ideas and then provides students with opportunities to acquire evidentiary support that helps them to decide, if appropriate, to develop new or modified ideas.
Learning Physical Science is adaptable.
The Learning Physical Science curriculum has been taught and field tested at two-year and four-year institutions; has been adapted for a science methods course in schools of education; and can be offered as a workshop for practicing elementary teachers. In addition, the Elementary Science and Everyday Thinking set of activities has also been developed for elementary school teachers to use in their own classrooms.