Earth and Space Systems Coursework


Earth and Space Systems is a graduate course that blends content knowledge with lab and field experiences, maps, quality websites, and workshops. There are three are geology field trips: (1) Enchanted Rock, (2) Upper Llano and Inks Lake, (3) Natural Bridge Caverns. Each teacher will keep an e-journal on the institute and propose an implementation plan on how they are using the institute in their class and with others.

To ensure teacher learning, there are several summative assessments: course pre/post exam, unit exams, and a geology lab practical, lab write-ups, field logs, and an e-journals. Each teacher will keep an e-journal on the institute and propose an implementation plan on how they are using the institute in their class and with others

Earth Science TEKS: content with online resources and labs. Topics include minerals and rocks; Geologic time and dating, 8(8C-E); Topographic and Geologic Maps, 8(9C); Geologic Agents: Weathering streams, glaciers, wind, groundwater, oceans and climate, 8(10A-C); plate tectonics, 8(9A&B); formation of solar system, 8(7A,8B); rocky planets and gas giants; lunar cycles, 8(7B&C).

Dr. Robert Freed is the Geology Professor, Margaret Freed and Paul Schmitchel will assistant. Each teacher will receive maps, rocks and minerals collection, Roadside Geology book etc ($400 materials)
o May 9 (Saturday) Orientation, (8 hrs)
o July 16,23,&30- 24 hours field work;
o August 7- Teaching Poverty Children, co-hosted with ESC 20

See Academic Year Responsibilities

Academic Year Responsibilities

Schedule  * @OLLU       ** @campus

Dates Description
February-March *Complete Application for Earth Science Institute, Earth and space Systems (graduate course) or ACORN Project
OrientationRequired *Earth Science Institute- May 2 (Saturday – 1 day)Earth and Space Systems –May 9 (Saturday-1 Day)ACORN Project –May 16 (Saturday – 1 Day)
August 7AM Only       *Teaching Poverty Students –co-sponsored with ESC 20administration (4 hrs)
August-September **Complete the NSTA Learning Center: Earth Sciences with the campus/grade level
August -October *Work with the Earth Science Round Robin PDA trainer to present the two-day Earth Science Round Robin at their district in-service or Super Saturdays during the fall  include campus/grade level
August **Review 2015  8th Grade Science STAAR Data and discus instructional modifications with campus/grade level;     Previous year’s data (3 hrs)
Sept-Nov **Review Fall 2015  8th Grade Science Benchmark Data and discus instructional modifications with campus/grade level  (2 hrs)
Dec- Feb **Review Spring  2016  8th Grade Science Benchmark Data and discus instructional modifications with campus/grade level  (2 hrs)
Summer 2015-Spring 2016 PDOptional Making Sense of Student Work Protocols, 10/27/15 or 3/2/16Making Sense of Student Work Protocols, 10/27/15 or 3/2/16Argument Driven Inquiry, 7/22/15

SIOP strategies for ELL teaching  6/ 29-2015

April *Retake TRC Content Exam, and National Survey of Science and Mathematics
May-June *When paper work is completed and STAAR data is reported, stipends will be given to STMs/ISTMs

 

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