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DCSD Teachers Go To 'Science Camp'

CASTLE ROCK – More than 200 Douglas County School District (DCSD) science teachers are spending their summer days at “Science Inquiry Camp.”
 
Monday, June 17, marked day one of the six day camp series designed for a variety of grade levels.  Camp includes experiencing different science labs designed for particular grade levels, participating in formative, interim, and summative assessments, and evaluation of backward plans. 
 
“This is a great opportunity for teachers to experience inquiry with the most current DCSD World Class outcomes,” said DCSD Chief Academic Officer Dana Johnson-Strother.   “The opportunity for collaboration with colleagues is invaluable.”
 
On Monday, June 24 fourth grade teachers will build solar cars and construct solar homes out of recyclable Starbuck holders as part of their lesson development. Fifth grade teachers will design and conduct experiments separating mixtures and sixth grade teachers will focus on tests for density. 
 
“This is a tremendous experience for our teachers,” said Jamie Bailey, DCSD Specialist and Trainer.  “What was really fun was to watch the kindergarten and first grade teachers play and see the laughter they injected into their lessons.” 
 
At the end of their two day camp, teachers will have experienced inquiry with science, reviewed the backward designed plan, made modifications to personalize the plan to their students, and created their $450 shopping cart of materials for their classroom for the 2013-14 school year. 
 
June 21, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category: Communications

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