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Pre-AP Science: Developing Inquiry Mindsets in the Science Classroom

Developing inquiry mindsets is a focus of the Pre-AP science classroom. In this workshop, participants examine an effective, collaborative science classroom through the Pre-AP Biology Framework, areas of focus, and shared instructional principles. Teachers actively engage in modeling that a safe classroom environment that lets students develop inquiry skills while accessing critical content. Students will do this through close observation and analysis, higher-order questioning, evidence-based writing, and academic conversation. Participants create a plan to incorporate observation and analysis, collaborative group structures, and academic conversations in their daily instruction. 

Objectives

Teachers will:

  • Examine the connections between a safe, collaborative, inquiry-focused science classroom and the Pre-AP areas of focus and shared instructional principles.
  • Develop an instructional plan and implement Pre-AP shared instructional principles to encourage a student inquiry mindset.

Using Analytical Reading and Writing to Promote Conceptual Understanding in Pre-AP Science

In this workshop, participants explore how the Pre-AP science classroom emphasizes analytical reading and writing so that students gain, retain, and apply scientific knowledge. Teachers will experience science instructional models and performance tasks that leverage the Pre-AP shared principles of close observation and analysis, evidence-based writing, higher-order questions, and academic conversation. They will then consider how they can apply these principles and strategies to their own classrooms in order to better prepare students to be discerning citizens and consumers of scientific information.

Objectives

Teachers will:

  • Explore how a focus on analytical reading and writing helps enable students to gain, retain, and apply scientific knowledge.
  • Experience and analyze instructional models that help build deep conceptual understanding of scientific phenomena.