Teacher's e-course on the S@TM: Introduction

 

Welcome to this e-course’s Introduction - Study Guide.

This Study Guide is an introduction to an e-course for teachers about implementing the Storytelling Teaching Model, while teaching Science in order to motivate students and make the process of learning science pleasant and comprehensive.

The e-course is consisted of e-lessons, each of which has its own aims and cultivates specific skills. In most of the lessons you will find indicative feedback for the activities included. However, it is strongly advised to complete the activities before reading the feedback. Moreover, feedback is not to be considered as the only correct answer to a lesson’s activity, rather it is an indicative answer to give you a feel of what is expected from each activity.

The aim of this e-course is to train Science Teachers to make their teaching interesting and comprehensive by integrating storytelling using History of Science (HoS) enriched with elements of the Nature of Science (NoS). In order to do so this e-course’s lessons are structured in a linear way following the usual “steps” in the procedure of implementing and creating a story for a Science lesson.

Even if this e-course’s lessons have a linear structure you can always follow your own path according to your needs.

This e-course will use educational resources that were produced by the partners of the S@TM Project. These educational resources were created with 15 year-old students in mind; however they could be adapted in order to be used with students of different ages.

In the context of the S@TM Project, eighteen stories were created (6 Physics, 6 Chemistry & 6 Biology stories), each of which is based on a different episode from History of Science that you can use in order to enhance your teaching and students’ learning.

This e-course will refer often to the story of The Soul of Solar Energy: Augustin Mouchot as an example. You can use this e-course with any of the rest 17 stories in order to adapt them in your teaching within the classroom.

Thus, you can choose any of the 18 available stories and work with it through this e-course, according to what you think is most appropriate for the local curriculum and your students’ needs. (You may find help in decision making by following e-lessons 5 & 6 if you think that this is necessary)

The implementation of the stories in your teaching within the classroom as conceived by this e-course requires about 2 times 45 minutes, but you can always adapt the activities and the stories to your students’ needs.

You can use this e-course according to your level of experience to (in order of increased difficulty):

  • Choose and introduce one or more already made stories with elements of HoS and NoS in your lesson in form of a video.
  • Choose and integrate one or more already made story in your lesson in textual form by reading it.
  • Choose and integrate one or more already made story in your lesson in textual form by making your students reading it.
  • Choose and integrate one or more already made story with elements of HoS and NoS in your lesson by telling it to your students.  
  • Adapt and introduce an already made story with elements of HoS and NoS in your lesson by reading it to your students.
  • Adapt and introduce an already made story with elements of HoS and NoS in your lesson by making your students read it.
  • Adapt and introduce an already made story with elements of HoS and NoS in form of a video in your lesson.
  • Adapt and introduce an already made story with elements of HoS and NoS in your lesson by
  • Familiarize in creating your own stories by spotting appropriate topics in a Science Lesson and following a similar procedure, as the one indicated by this Study Guide, using the skills learned in the relevant e-lessons offered.

 

Depending on your aims from the options above your study time required to prepare a lesson using procedures proposed by this Study Guide varies from 90 minutes to several days (working approximately two hours a day) if you try to develop your own story. Each e-lesson has an indicative study-time that is required for its completion.

 

By following the activities of this Study Guide that refer to the story of “The Soul of Solar Energy: Augustin Mouchot” as an example you will also:

  • Enjoy a story about solar ovens and solar steam engines.
  • Realize the social problem that Mouchot’s research tried to solve by inventing the solar oven and solar steam engine i.e. to secure the supply of steam engines with fuel.

 

 

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