Dr. Monaco, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, and members of East Bay Collaborative, joined Mrs. Dorsey and visited kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms to view science instruction. The feedback was very positive!
Science kits were clearly being used
Rich discussions between students and between students and teachers were observed
Teachers led students down a path of inquiry when setting up experiments; they did not give students answers but rather probed their thinking
Students were making higher level predictions using science language
Scientific Method and control groups were discussed
Teachers embedded comprehension strategies and the use of text features into science
Focus questions were used to guide and ground instruction
Science vocabulary was emphasized; students were expected to use proper vocabulary
Students were highly engaged.
Science notebooks were used in a variety of formats
High level of detail with drawing and labeling in science notebooks