Methods for Methods

Tools and Resources for Teaching Elementary Science Methods

Mission of the project

This is a project of the Elementary Methods Forum of the Association for Science Teacher Education. The purpose of this site is to pool our collective wisdom-of-practice by creating collaborative space for science teacher educators to support one another in teaching elementary science methods courses both face-to-face and in virtual environments.


There are hundreds of science teacher educators and just as many versions of elementary courses being taught around the world. Despite the collective wisdom generated by this group, there remains very little professional development and guidance for those engaged in science teacher education! This project is an effort to combat the loss of that knowledge, which largely resides within individuals, by providing an incubator for ideas, a repository for resources, and a source for support!

Follow the links below to browse or submit a resource. You can also interact with other members by joining our Methods4Methods Facebook group. Want to get involved? Contact the webmaster, Debi Hanuscin, or the 2023 chair of the forum, Melanie Reap.

What's on your syllabus? What guides the overall design of your course? Peruse sample syllabi contributed by the community here.

What kinds of tasks or assignments do you use to evalaute students in your methods course? Peruse sample assignments and evaluation criteria.

How do students 'learn' in your course? What kinds of activities promote preservice teacher learning in face to face and virtual environments? Look through lesson plans contributed by community members here.

What kinds of tools can support teaching an elementary science methods course? What resources, articles, videos, websites, or other resources are folks finding most useful?