EARTH SCIENCE EDUCATION – July 2017 – Summer workshop

FAQ  -- Frequently asked questions:

 

QUESTION: So, each workshop has 5 sessions?

REPLY: Yes and no… Pioneer Day means the third workshop (Geologic History of the Wasatch Front) has only four sessions. Note: you can attend any day’s session either in the morning or the afternoon.

 

QUESTION: Where do we meet?

REPLY: Every session meets at a different place, outside, in Salt Lake County. The second page of the filer LINK lists the places. You’ll get hardcopy of the flier in class.

 

QUESTION: What happens if it rains, etc? How accessible is the class for diverse challenges?

REPLY: We cope when it rains. Sometimes that means we work in groups in participants’ vehicles. Yes the workshops are accessible. Please let the instructor know the circumstances. The greatest challenge can be the heat. Stay hydrated, wear sensible clothes, etc.

 

QUESTION: Is science ENDORSEMENT the same as A CREDIT toward endorsement?

Response: USOE OnTrack 34752 (WSU Geo5030) fulfills an “endorsement credit” meaning it leads toward science endorsement for Geology or Earth systems. There’s a difference.

 

QUESTION: How do I sign up for the credit toward endorsement, the WSU option?

REPLY: It takes two steps (in any order) to register for the 3-university credit option that fulfills an endorsement credit in Geology or in Earth systems:

1.       Register through USBE On-Track (OnTrack 34752) AND

2.    Register for WSU Geo 5030. $40 fee in 2016. NOTE: The WSU registration will open in JUNE, 2017.

 

QUESTION: How do I register for WSU Geo 5030?

REPLY: register for WSU credit through:

https://continue.weber.edu/professional/teachertraining.aspx

"Add to cart" and pay with a credit card in a couple of clicks. Still a bargain at $40. Note: the deadline to register is the final day of the OnTrack 34752 workshop option (OnTrack 34752). Also… the fee may go up in 2017… but it will still be remarkably inexpensive. Thank you WSU Geology Dept!! And it’s a great department for learning Earth science and to become a science teacher (according to G. Atwood).

 

QUESTION: Can I take a workshop for both SUU and USOE credit?

REPLY: You have to decide which option for USOE credit. You may only get one of these types of credit:

1.       Recertification (attendance AND the in-class assignments are required); In 2017 we explore the new science curriculum. Recertification credit implies evidence of understanding essentials of the new science teaching objectives, such as 3-D Thinking Maps.

2.       USOE credit (attendance, complete the daily assignments, and progress toward final project) For 2017, in anticipation of the new science curriculum, the “outline” will probably be a 3-D Thinking map that can be shared with all participants of the workshop.  

3.       SUU credit (attendance all days of a workshop, complete the daily assignments, complete the final project, and tie days’ activities to the science core). SUU university credit implies a teacher can teach aspects of the course. Specifically, these workshops encourage teachers to connect what they see outside with concepts of the science curriculum.

4.       WSU credit (attendance for all three workshops, complete the daily assignments, complete the final project, and tie days’ activities to the science core). WSU credit implies that the teacher can teach the material well enough! Teachers don’t have to be perfect, but after three-weeks of geology outside, teachers should be able to share the joy of inquiry and Earth science.

 

QUESTION: Can I change my mind on type of credit?

REPLY: Yes and No.

YES– to change mind on USOE recertification / USOE credit / SUU credit. When you turn in your homework packet, make it clear which credit you desire.

YES and NO for withdrawal from WSU commitment. Once you register at WSU for Geo 5020 it is a university course and almost impossible to withdraw from the WSU commitment. But you don’t have to commit to WSU (register for Geo 5020) until well into the July workshops. My advice. Register early via USBE OnTrack for the 34752 workshop and later via WSU for WSU credit. Don’t forget!! The WSU credit that fulfills an endorsement credit is a significant commitment… three weeks of July, daily assignments including the final project, plus ties to the core.

 

QUESTION: For the WSU endorsement credit, do I sign up for all three workshops individually?

REPLY: No. Sign up for USOE On Track 34752 (the bundled option) and register for WSU Geo 5030.

 

QUESTION: Again, pls remind me of the homework assignments and expectations.

REPLY: Of course.

For USOE recertification: – Attend workshop sessions either in the morning or afternoon. It’s Okay to mix and match afternoon and mornings, meaning, come some mornings and other days come afternoons. Complete the in-class assignments and turn them in at the end of the workshop. In 2017 we explore the new approach to science teaching, including 3-D Teaching Maps.

For USOE 1 credit (15.5 hours) – Attend workshop sessions either in the morning or afternoon or mix and match afternoons and mornings. Complete in-class assignments. Complete daily homework assignments, probably a 3-D Thinking map that can be shared with workshop participants.  

For SUU 1 university credit hour: Attend workshop sessions either in the morning or afternoon or mix and match afternoons and mornings. Complete in-class assignments. Complete daily homework assignments. Complete the final project and ties to science core. Credit implies competence to teach.

For WSU 3 university credits AND fulfills an endorsement credit:  Attend the sessions of the three workshops either in the morning or afternoon or mix and match afternoons and mornings. Complete in-class assignments. Complete daily homework assignments. Complete the final project and ties to science core. Credit implies good-enough comprehension and competence to teach the material.

NOTE: 2017 may be an adventure. The science core is a new approach. The goal of these workshops is for teachers to succeed in the workshop as well as in the classroom. As of May, 2017 it isn’t possible to be totally clear on assignments.

 

QUESTION: I have to miss a session of one of the workshops. Is that Okay?

REPLY: Not okay to miss the first or second session of a workshop. No exceptions. Yes, the workshops are taught each summer but… OnTrack 34750 (the bundled 3 workshops) has to be taken in one summer.

Depending on circumstances, missing the final session of a workshop may be okay.

LOGIC: Each session of a workshop is 20% of the course and the first session is the most important.

Yes, I teach this workshop every summer. Also note, each session is taught in the morning and in the afternoon. It’s okay to come some mornings and other afternoons. I know it is really really difficult to free up an entire week, or two or three of mornings for this workshop.

If you take a workshop in 2017 for SUU credit, for example, Rocks and Minerals, you can receive SUU credit in 2017. In 2018 you may want the WSU option. So, in 2018 you’ll take all three workshops, meaning, you’ll repeat Rocks and Minerals in order to fulfill the endorsement credit.

 

QUESTION: SUU credit:

If I take just one workshop, for example the one about Geologic History of the Wasatch Front July 25-28, 2017 may I take just that for one SUU college credit? 

REPLY: Yes.

Here are the steps:

1)    Sign up via USBE OnTrack for the workshop.

2)    Wait until the end of the workshop to register with SUU. Here’s how: when you turn in your homework, you turn it in with a completed SUU form (LINK to the form) and your check.  

3)    SUU grade and credit is posted in November (!). Once posted, it’s wise to print off an informal transcript (LINK). Why? OnTrack does not track university credits.