The equivalent of at least a semester-long course, the science pedagogy course is taught by the TEU summer director of science. This course introduces basic principles and best classroom practices for effective classroom teaching of secondary science. Specific areas of focus include: unit and lesson planning; preparation of laboratory exercises and laboratory safety; active learning in science; formative assessment with a focus on individual students; implementation and integration of technology in science classrooms; Next Generation Science Standards for Practice; and the development of scientific habits of mind and literacy in students. Assignments for the course include daily readings, weekly reflections, an end-of-course self-assessment, and a closing conference.
Participants have the option of earning Trinity College credit for the pedagogy course.