To demonstrate my scientific knowledge as a teacher, I attached three artifacts. The first artifact is a reflection I completed about the nature of science; the second is a survey I completed about my understanding of science content. The last artifact I attached is a reading from our course packet entitled Seamless Assessment and the 5 E’s.[i] My reasons for attaching these artifacts is to show that I have achieved all three of the goals for knowledge acquisition set out in my course’s learning objectives, this includes gaining content knowledge, process skills and a better understanding of the nature of science.
To show that I have gained a better understanding about what the principles of the nature of science are, I included a nature of science reflection that I completed. In this reflection I answered questions about my beliefs before and after reading about the nature of science principles. It also asked questions about applications of these tenets towards which I proposed ways in which I could apply these ideas in a classroom or lesson plan.
Next I completed the VNOS survey that asked me a variety of questions about different aspects of science. For this I responded by basing my answers off of my understanding of previous scientific knowledge. This survey was administered twice throughout the semester both at the beginning and end. I think this survey shows that I do understand basic science content knowledge.
The article I chose to attach was about the 5 E’s of assessment. This article was very helpful for me to better understand teaching science in the classroom but also how to best help students learn science. By having 5 different parts within every lesson, students receive thorough coverage of the lesson and can see the topic through many different lenses. I really think that this is helpful both for myself as an educator but also so that the students can learn science in the most effective way possible.
[i] Abell, S. K., & Volkman, M.J. (2006). Seamless assessment in science: A guide for elementary and middle school teachers. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, pp. 1-27