What is Making Sense of SCIENCE?
Making Sense of SCIENCE (MSS) offers learning opportunities and professional development materials for educators, combining in-depth science with a focus on classroom practice, literacy support, and pedagogical reasoning. The MSS courses prepare teachers for the new Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.
MSS supports teacher educators, staff developers, curriculum specialists, and others who work with preservice and/or practicing science teachers to strengthen their content knowledge, pedagogical reasoning, and instructional skill. In short, MSS courses help teachers:
__This approach develops teachers' expertise through inquiry-based science learning, collaborative discussion, and an extensive focus on reading, writing, and talking in science. The materials were developed at WestEd by the Understanding Science for Teaching™ project and published in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
How is MSS different?
Both preservice and practicing K–8 teachers typically experience inadequate learning opportunities that focus solely on science content, leaving the connection to student learning unattended, or solely on classroom logistics and pedagogy, without opportunities to develop a deep understanding of the science. MSS professional development courses bridge this gap. Science and pedagogy are interwoven, giving teachers opportunities to not only investigate complex science as adult learners, but also to make the critical connections to their own classrooms necessary to teach students effectively.
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