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Research-based strategies for K-12 science educators

Professional Certificate in
The Smithsonian Science Education Center’s The Science of Teaching Science

What you will learn

  • How to identify student misconceptions and mental models in science.
  • How to develop plans for using the identified student misconceptions and mental models to teach new ideas.
  • How to apply the instructional strategies presented in the videos to planning new instruction.

This online program consists of four online workshops, “Science: A Work in Progress”, “That’s So Meta(cognitive)!!”, “Fired up about Energy”, and “Conceptual Change: How New Ideas Take Root?”, supporting important ideas on the science of teaching science. Each workshop is based on ideas presented in Good Thinking! an original animated series developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) and FableVision Studios as a professional development resource for K-12 science educators.

Good Thinking! brings viewers into the classroom of science educator Isabella Reyes as she explores “the science of teaching science.” Drawing from peer-reviewed research in science, cognition, and pedagogy, Good Thinking! distills valuable findings from hard-to-access journal articles to reveal common student misconceptions and promote effective classroom practices.

The format and organization of the workshops are designed to allow individuals to successfully complete the online learning activities independently as a self-paced class, without the need for outside input or feedback. At the same time, this format was designed to flexibly fit into PLC meetings, PD workshops, or any time that you and your colleagues can meet to absorb some new ideas and discuss your experiences as educators. While the content of the series is relevant to all levels of instruction, teachers working at the oldest and youngest ends of the K-12 range may need to include additional discussion during the post-viewing conversation that addresses the implications of the videos for their specific grade level.

Each workshop stands alone as a complete activity and can be taken in any order.

Expert instruction
4 skill-building courses
Progress at your own speed
1 month
4 - 5 hours per week
Discounted price: $180
Pre-discounted price: $199.96USD
For the full program experience

Courses in this program

  1. SmithsonianX's The Smithsonian Science Education Center’s The Science of Teaching Science Professional Certificate

  2. 4–5 hours per week, for 1 weeks

    Science: A Work in Progress - shows how science isn’t produced through one linear method, but through an interconnected set of practices, and examines ways that teachers can make learning science in the classroom more authentic.

  3. 4–5 hours per week, for 1 weeks

    That’s so Meta(cognitive)! — investigates how explicitly teaching students metacognitive strategies helps them become more effective learners, able to integrate knowledge rather than just memorize isolated science facts and definitions.

  4. 4–5 hours per week, for 1 weeks

    Fired Up About Energy – explores common student misconceptions related to the study of energy and suggests methods for effectively representing and discussing the topic in the classroom.

  5. 4–5 hours per week, for 1 weeks

    Conceptual Change: How New Ideas Take Root — explores the ways students learn and develop new conceptual understandings, and shows how student misconceptions can be uncovered and addressed as a part of effective learning.

    • Career prospects for people with similar training include: K-12 STEM Teacher, K-12 STEM Coordinator, Lab Instructor, K-12 Science Teacher, K-12 Science Coordinator
    • Teaching skills gained: Identifying and developing plans for teaching new ideas around student misconceptions and mental models in science; applying newly learned instructional strategies while instruction planning.

Meet your instructor
from The Smithsonian Institution (SmithsonianX)

Amy D'Amico
Division Director of Professional Services
Smithsonian Science Education Center

Experts from SmithsonianX committed to teaching online learning

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Discounted price: $180
Pre-discounted price: $199.96USD
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