Pre-AP Readiness Workshops: Sciences

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

In this workshop, participants examine the characteristics of an effective, collaborative science classroom through the lens of the Pre-AP Biology Framework, instructional shifts, and shared instructional principles. Teachers will actively engage in modeling focused on building a safe classroom environment where students develop inquiry skills while accessing critical content through close observation and analysis, higher-order questioning, evidence-based writing and academic conversation. Participants will plan for the inclusion of observation and analysis, collaborative group structures and academic conversations in their daily instruction. 

Objectives

Teachers will…

  • Build an understanding of the connections between a safe, collaborative, inquiry-focused science classroom and the Pre-AP instructional shifts and shared principles.
  • Develop an instructional plan to support the development of student inquiry mindset through implementation of Pre-AP shared instructional principles.

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

In this workshop, participants explore how the Pre-AP science frameworks emphasize analytical reading and writing to support student ability to build deep conceptual understandings of scientific phenomena. Through the modeling of purposeful tiered questioning connected to complex scientific texts, teachers will examine the characteristics of questions that spark student curiosity, motivate thought, promote productive lingering, and support students as they build evidence-based claims  and justifications. Participants will create a plan to engage students in analytical reading and writing tasks for the purpose of gaining, retaining, and applying scientific knowledge by purposefully integrating higher order questioning and evidence-based writing opportunities into an upcoming lesson.

Objectives

Teachers will…

  • Explore how the Pre-AP science shifts and instruction support productive lingering, motivate student thought, and build conceptual understanding.
  • Write higher-order questions to support analytical reading and writing and conceptual understanding of critical content within an upcoming lesson.