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PROJECT-BASED LEARNING

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.

ACTIVE 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.

TECHNOLOGY-ENHANCED LEARNING

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.

TOTAL SUPPORT

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.

Introduction

Life Science and Everyday Thinking is a one-semester curriculum designed in part for prospective or practicing elementary teachers. The course uses a student-oriented pedagogy with a life-science content focus as well as a unique Learning about Learning component.

Life Science and Everyday Thinking is adaptable
Life Science and Everyday Thinking (LSET) is a lab-based introductory biology course designed to be taught in one 15-week semester, with 6 lab hours of instruction per week. There are options for excluding certain chapters to fit a 10-week quarter with either an ecosystem focus or with a more cellular focus.

Life Science and Everyday Thinking is inquiry based
The central principle of LSET is that students construct a meaningful understanding of central ideas in biology through inquiry-based experiences and social interaction. Every chapter opens with a formative assessment designed to elicit students’ prior knowledge. The activities, which follow, allow students to construct the targeted scientific concepts themselves using evidence from their own observations, experiments, and investigations.

Life Science and Everyday Thinking includes a unique Learning about Learning component
In this section, students directly engage in metacognitive activities that allow them to explore how they as students learn science.