Science teachers all over the Cobb County School District welcomed students into digital classrooms and jumped right into remote science instruction using the latest technology integration tools.
Science teachers all over the Cobb County School District welcomed students into digital classrooms and jumped right into remote science instruction using the latest technology integration tools. The CCSD Science Department hosted a full day of virtual professional development at the end of July to help science teachers prepare for the digital shift in teaching the science standards this year. Teachers are engaging elementary through high school science students with digital phenomenon and facilitating instruction in order to help students gain knowledge and understanding around the core ideas of science which are earth science, life science, and physical science. Students are encouraged to make connections to science concepts with a combination of digital and at-home resources which teachers provide in the new CTLS Learn platform. Several science Teacher Leaders have stepped up to the challenge and are ready to make remote science instruction meaningful for their students.
Tiffany Jones, a chemistry teacher from South Cobb High School, explains how remote science teaching is different this year. “This year is all about modeling behaviors. Modeling grace when technology mishaps happen, model patience when things don’t go to plan, model how to overcome failures, and model positivity and passion, and model love for our fellow humans. What an amazing experience to give students the tools to develop study skills and soft skills that will carry with them throughout life.” For Cobb elementary students, the science learning continues complete with live teacher demonstrations and inquiry-based activities while the students get to know each other virtually. “Before anyone can be taught, a learning community must be built. As long as we are keeping learning exciting and fun, the children will jump in with us and be ready to learn! Let’s all look at this situation with a silver lining…kids are learning to problem solve, manipulate technology independently, and become digitally responsible citizens all while learning science content,” says Lindsey Elkins, a second-grade teacher at Kemp Elementary School. Sean Splawski, a STEAM Lab teacher at Mableton Elementary School has similar thoughts on providing students with engaging learning experiences while they are learning remotely. “Distance learning can’t keep us from teaching our students with the same passion, energy, and enthusiasm that all teachers have. I’m using this time as an opportunity to challenge myself to try new things and to find innovative ways of engaging students digitally,” says Splawski. Navigating this uncharted time and space in science education has allowed our teachers to get creative in their use of digital instructional strategies, and therefore, science teaching and learning will never stop.
Christian Cali, Supervisor
Contributing Author: Alana Davis, Professional Learning Specialist