Week 1 - Week 2 - Week 3 - Week 4 - Week 5 - Final  
  Assignments to Complete Prior to the 1st Class Meeting  

Individual Assignment


Class Activities

Scientific Method Variables - The Scientific Method
Air Express

Ice Experiment

Gumdrop Dome
Newspaper Tower

Science Fair Project

  The Language of Science  
  Stem Literacy (Video 10:33 Min.)  
  What is STEM? (Video 7:52 Min.)  
Scientific Method - Science Buddies
  Session Topics  
1st Session Discussion Topics - Models of Teaching and Developing as a Teacher  |  Learning, Motivation, and Models of Teaching

1. Syllabus Overview 

  • Please read Dweck 2007 prior to the first class meeting.  Dweck Hyperlink- http://dr-hatfield.com/educ538/docs/Dweck+2007.pdf
2. What is Rigor?
  3. Online Polling  
  4. Guided Inquiry -  Dewey, Piaget, and Vygotsky   
  5. The Six Power Teaching Techniques: Whole Brain Teaching  

1. Class - Yes

2. Teach - Okay

3. The Scoreboard

4. Micro-Lecture

5. Hands and Eyes

6. Comprehension Check 

Whole Brain Teaching: First Steps


Chris Biffle

Third Grade Students 1st Encounter with Whole Brain Teaching (Video 15:54 Minutes)

6 Power Teaching Techniques + Classroom Rules (Handout)

Attention Grabbers (Handout)


  6. Anatomy of a Project  (key)  
7. Introduce Project Based Learning (PBL)
  8. Posting Reflections  
  9. Critical/Reflective Practice  
  10. Science Fair (Authentic Assessment Final Exam)  
  11. Project Overview  

1. Scientific Method  PDF - The Scientific Method


2. Air Express


3. Ice Experiment




1. Wing Project: Overview [1 of 2] (Video 5:18 Min.)


2. Wing Project: Overview [2 of 2] (Video 5:28 Min.)

12. Resources and Downloads for College and Career Readiness
  Documents Used in the first Class  

Steps involved in the Sceintific Method


Using the Scientific Method


Scientific Method Scoring Rubric 1


Scientific Method Scoring Rubric 2

Lab Report Scoring Rubric

Sample Science Fair Research Project

2nd Session Discussion Topics - Essential Teaching Strategies and the Teaching of Thinking  |  Student-Student Interaction Strategies: Group Work, Cooperative Learning and Discussions
Literacy in Science and Math (To be completed with PBL activities)
  One goal of Project/Problem Based Learning (PBL) activities is to integrate the literacy component within the instructional process.  This may be accomplished by integrating a writing component using either the Science Lab Report or the Science Lab Report Template within the PBL exercises. 

The haptics of writing is also important when considering Brain Based Learning.  Because of this, student lab reports should be handwritten.  Ruled paper should be used and a loose leaf notebook is ideal for collecting and storing students work.

We will also use a Rubric to guide students while creating their Laboratory Reports.  The appropriate use of vocabulary is an important component of this course work.  For Example, the "Analysis" section of the Rubric requires the use "vocabulary words" as a requirement for grading.  Lists of grade level and subject specific vocabulary words may be found at the website of Iredell - Statesville Schools.
  Becoming the Professor  
1. Building the Project: Aviation High School (Video 7:34 Min.)

Engineering Success: Students Build Understanding (Video 2:54 Min.)


Step 1. Wing Project: Begin with the End in Mind (Video 6:53 Min.)


Step 2. Wing Project: Crafting a Driving Question (Video 4:46 Min.)


Step 3. Wing Project: Plan the Assessment (Video 5:34 Min.)


Step 4. Wing Project: Map the Project (Video 2:54 Min.)


Step 5. Wing Project: Manage the Process (Video 5:43 Min.)



  2. Molecular Workbench - Classroom Response Technology - Interactive Learning  
3. Technology
4. National Science Teachers Association
  5. Lesson Planning  
  6. Lesson Plan Rubric  
  7. The Scientific Method (video)  
  8. Scientific Method (handout)  Steps of the Scientific Method  
  9. Comprehension Strategies by Multiple Intelligence  
  10. State Standards  
  11. Project Based Planning Form  
  12. Project Based Planning Form (sample)  
  13. A Step-by-Step Guide to the Best Projects  
  14. 4 Person Group Contract  
  15. Tubric  
  16. Presentation Rubric  
  17. Article Reflection will be Assigned  
  18. Visual-Conceptual Method (Video 10:01 Min.)  
  19. The Language of Science  
  20. Scientific Observation  
  21. Scientific Method  
  22. Scientific Method Worksheets  
  23. Forensic Science  
  24. The 10 Best STEM Resources  
  24. Using the Scientific Method (plant experiment)  
  3rd Session Discussion Topics - The Guided Discovery Model  |  The Concept Attainment Model  
  1. Supporting All Learners  
2. Critical Thinking
  3. Multiple Intelligences  
4. Jigsaw (Video 9:20 Min.)

Jigsaw Document

  5. Mid Term Exam  
  6. CSI Unit  (pdf)  
  7. Article Reflection will be Assigned  
8. Hatfield Survey Process (PowerPoint)

Hatfield: Reading Scientific & Technical Manuals (pdf)

  4th Session Discussion Topics - The Integrative Model  |  Problem-Based Learning  
CONTRACT REVIEWS (Please review these contracts before coming to class)

Contract 1

Contract 2 

Contract 3


Student Contract

  Common Core in ELA/ Literacy: Shift 1: PK-5: Balancing Informational Text and Literature (Video 9:30 min.)  
  Scientific Method  
Writing Text Types

1. "Start Here" Review

  • State Standards
  • Critical Friends
  • Entry Event
  • "Need to Know" List
  • Rubric with Learning Outcomes
  • Group Contract
  • Research and Collaboration
  • Assessment and Adjustment
  • Presentations
  • Final Assessment
  2. Technology Integration Research: Additional Tools and Programs  
  3. ConcepTests  
  4. Take a Closer Look at Common Core (Most important concept)  
  5. Engineering Success: Students Build Understanding (Document Links)  
  6. Triangles: Testing the Strength of a Gumdrop Dome  
  7. Presentations / Project Based Learning Assignment  
8. Interest-Driven Learning
  9. Learning STEM Skills by Designing Video Games  
  10. Article Reflection will be Assigned  
  5th Session Discussion Topics - The Direct Instruction Model  |  The Lecture-Discussion Model  
  Word Wall Projects Due  
1. Present Individual STEM Lessons to Class
  2. Probing Children’s Thinking  
  3. The Active Learning Classroom (Video 5:51 Min.)  
  4. How to Teach Math as a Social Activity (Video 8:55 Min.)  
  5. Linking Literacy Development and Science  
  6. Writing Learning Outcome Statements  
  7. PBL Teachers Need Time to Reflect, Too  
8. Instructional Strategies Online (Investigate Educational Strategies)
  9. Compare and Contrast  
  10. Conclude Missed Topics  
  11. Presentations / Project Based Learning Assignment  
  12. Article Reflection- PBL Teachers need Time to Reflect  
  13. Collaborative Teacher Debrief after Project(s)  
  Final - Final Presentations (This will be included within the 5th Meeting)  
Article Reviews will be discussed during our first class meeting.
Please review either the E-mail Article Format or the Online Reflective Rubric
Article Review 1 *Article Review 8 Article Review 15
Article Review 2 Article Review 9 Article Review 16
Article Review 3 Article Review 10  
Article Review 4 Article Review 11  
Article Review 5 Article Review 12  
Article Review 6 Article Review 13  
Article Review 7 Article Review 14  
  * Indicates an Article that must be read.  
  Reflective Website  
  Individual Assignments  
  Assignment 1 - Create a inquiry based lesson that is investigatory in nature. The lesson shall include a completed lesson plan with a 20 minute time limit. Any lesson plan format may be used; however, a lesson plan format may be found at http://www.dr-hatfield.com/educ538/docs/LessonPlan.doc. The lesson plan must be linked to state standards. Rubric (used to assess the lesson plan)  
Assignment 2 - Demonstrate the above lesson to the class. No duplications of lessons are allowed (this will be discussed during our first meeting).
  Assignment 3 - Create a science, or math, or technology fair project to be presented during the last class meeting. The project must be linked to state standards. Further information/ideas may be found at Science Buddies (http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/science-fairs.shtml). A rubric to guide the direction of the project may be found at http://dr-hatfield.com/science_rules/science_rubric.pdf.  
  Learning Team Assignments  
Learning team assignments will be discussed during the first class meeting.
  Common Core Curriculum  
Science Standards Kindergarten Science Standards 3rd Grade Science Standards 6th Grade
Science Standards 1st Grade Science Standards 4th Grade Science Standards 7th Grade
Science Standards 2nd Grade Science Standards 5th Grade Science Standards 8th Grade
  The Scientific Method  
  A Moment of Science Videos  
  Odyssey of the Mind  
  Project Overview  
  Science Fair Ideas  
  Additional STEM Resources  
  The Science Spot  
  Kids' Science Projects  
  ABC Teach  
  The STEM Academy  
Common Core Math Standards
  JC Schools Dynamic Curriculum  
  May the Force be with You: Exploring the Integration of Science, Math and Technology/Engineering    

SmartLab - 21st Century Learning STEM Lab

  Creative Learning  
Buck Institute for Education
  Project Based Learning  
  PBL - Re-Imagining the Comprehensive High School  
  Newspaper Tower  
  Plicker Cards