IT REALLY IS POSSIBLE TO CHANGE THE WORLD ONE CLASSROOM AT A TIME AND LEAVE A LASTING LEGACY AS A SCIENCE TEACHER.
But the outcomes of lecture and traditional direct instruction techniques often leave us feeling frustrated and unfulfilled.
It might be time for a total transformation if any of these things are true for you:
it's too quiet in your classroom!
your students seem apprehensive to ask questions.
your students are easily distracted by other things during class time.
you're primarily teaching science as a series of facts students will quickly forget rather than as a process students will use long after they've left your classroom.
you're no longer interested in being the content authority and realize you'd rather be a content coach or mentor that supports students as they explore science for themselves.
you want to nurture an environment of mutual trust and respect where you can learn more about each of your students to create more meaningful relationships.
Get ready to ditch lecture, lead active learning,
and love your lessons by
Planning a Lab In Every Lesson!
THE PROGRAM INCLUDES:
LIFETIME ACCESS TO THE 8-MODULE, ON-DEMAND VIDEO COURSE where you'll learn how to build and differentiate Interactive Science Lessons to encourage ongoing scientific method mastery using the 5-Element framework
AN INTEGRATED, PRIVATE COMMUNITY (not hosted on Facebook) in which to share questions, comments, and progress on each lesson challenge with like-minded science teachers at a variety of grade levels and teaching a range of content areas
LIVE CHAT SUPPORT with Lisa (author and creator of the course) for anything you may need
MONTHLY LIVE Q&A/CHECK-IN SESSIONS and/or
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT SESSIONS via Zoom
PLUS . . .
A SUMMARY GUIDE & WORKBOOK that will enable you to systematically build each part of your very first interactive science lesson
(and beyond!) as you work through each video lesson of the course
IMAGINE A CLASSROOM IN WHICH YOUR STUDENTS . . .
are active and aware during class time.
take ownership of their learning and make decisions about how to use your feedback.
learn experimental design through regular scientific method modeling and practice.
explore, record observations, analyze data, and communicate their findings.
Having taught secondary science in a distance learning model at a cyber charter school serving at-risk students for 12 years, I know all too well how difficult it can be to capture students' attention in a way that produces deep understanding and facilitates their long-term academic success.
In time, I realized that their attention needed to be on the content itself, not on me teaching the content.
Once I accomplished that mindset shift, I tried to tackle yet another! I wondered why it's common practice to introduce "lab" activities only once a week and why every science teacher wasn't sharing one every day.
Lab In Every Lesson was born was born out of the desire to focus my instructional goals on scientific method mastery through the delivery of technology-based, interactive science lessons to create and nurture a more constructivist, student-centered learning environment.
author and creator of Lab In Every Lesson
Since transforming my teaching practice to focus on supporting the development of scientific method mastery, I've been able to . . .
easily differentiate for individual students and small groups of students.
increase my one-on-one time with students.
get to know each of my students and their individual abilities so much better.
love teaching again!
Interactive science lessons designed using this
5-element framework foster
student-centered learning by . . .
integrating and activating prior knowledge
emphasizing scientific literacy
employing computer-simulated visual models
providing opportunities for guided, independent and cooperative discovery through exploration
analyzing data sets from the collective group
formatively assessing through skill practice
Use technology to create interactive learning experiences that compliment student-centered learning principles and transform your students from active listeners to active learners.
Perhaps the students say it best . . .
In addition to assessment data, unsolicited feedback from administration, students, and parents provides proof that interactive science lessons built with my signature 5-element framework for student-centered learning works to engage students and encourage scientific method mastery.
* names have been omitted to preserve privacy
Interactive science lessons are interesting and fun!
". . . you always make chemistry a fun and exciting class that I look forward to everyday . . ."
"This is why I love this class! You find a way to make almost everything interactive and fun."
"You make the class fun so it's easy to learn."
". . . I love chem because ... she makes it interesting, and makes me want
to come to class every day to learn more. She has a great teaching style . . ."
"Mrs. Karosas is an incredible teacher, she is fantastic at helping people understand difficult concepts, she is incredibly fast at responding to students questions, and she genuinely makes science fun."
"I really like how you have simulations and little activities for us to do on our own everyday. "
Interactive science lessons nurture growth mindset!
"You’ve really challenged my mind in ways I didn’t think I could understand. Also, I am not a very vocal/social person but being in your classes made it easy for me to be comfortable in myself. "
"Thank you for a great year of chemistry. The assignments were sometimes challenging, but for the most part it was easy grasping the subject matter and I feel I'm improved greatly over the course of the year."
Interactive science lessons support academic success!
"The way you teach has helped me remember more of what I learn."
"You have given me so much help this year and made things make sense to me.
I never thought I would do well in chemistry, but you made it possible that I have."
"Mrs. Karosas has somehow made chemistry seem easy. She explains it so well.
I could not have made it through a year of chemistry without her special way of teaching it."
"Thank so much for being an amazing teacher! Science has never been a favorite subject of mine, because I am never able to fully grasp it. This year though, you made it my favorite
class of the year and I was finally able to understand it. "
Interactive science lessons are designed for every student!
"I love how you take the time to check our work everyday in class and give us feedback."
"I appreciate that you understand my abilities in class and let me work how I want to
with things like moving to my own breakout room during class to work on my own problems.
I love how flexible you teach your class and how you don't just assume everyone
in class is at the same level of understanding. "
Thank you for allowing me to visit. This lesson was an exemplar for differentiation and individual mastery! You are so adept at making lessons that allow for students to work immediately on their own if able, while still providing guidance to those in need. Allowing them to choose how they are going to work gives them a sense of choice and control over their learning. Sooo refreshing to see the individual work and mastery in the breakout rooms and your encouragement!
Interactive science lessons support the whole student!
Your class is my favorite class that I have to take this year.
[It] is very challenging, but very challenging in a good way. Your class gets me thinking and actually pushes me to do well in science. It's a great mix of challenging subjects to get my brain thinking, fun activities to help further my understanding and a great way for me to participate in class and collaborate with my fellow students. Class participation has always been something that I have struggled with in school but your class is helping me get better at it. Your class gets me out of my learning comfort zone and pushes me to work harder than I have in my past classes.
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:
As soon as you enroll you can start watching all the content and completing the workbook. Everything is available immediately.
You'll have daily access to Lisa and other like-minded science teachers in the integrated private community. There, you can post each of the workbook pages you complete for direct feedback and to enlighten those who don't teach your grade level or content area. It's also a space for general conversation related to all the science teaching things! Embrace it as a strong support while you build your first (and future) interactive science lessons.
Since you'll belong to the group forever, the expertise you develop will undoubtedly be cherished by future cohorts of teachers. Join to learn and stay to pay it forward!
Upon completion of the course, you'll have the opportunity to apply to earn a Certificate of Completion, a cool digital badge, and the title, "Lab In Every Lesson Certified Educator" which may, in time, come with other benefits.
IT'S OKAY TO . . .
feel unsatisfied by the status-quo.
seek personal fulfillment by this career you've chosen.
serve students with confidence and pride in your strategies.
lead with your strengths and strive for continual improvement.
invest in our future and the legacy you'll leave it.
I pep-talked myself through all my own doubt, concern, and uncertainty.
Now, I'm prepared to do the same for you.
WHAT YOU'LL DO AS A PARTICIPANT IN THIS COURSE
Take inventory of your current practice.
Explore student-centered teaching and learning principles.
Set goals for change you desire.
Get acquainted with the Lab In Every Lesson planning framework.
Reflect & Reframe
(This is the very same free mini-course which probably led you here! As part of the larger offering, you'll continue to have uninterrupted access to revisit the contents as often as needed.)
Acknowledge and abandon the conventional lecture-lab mentality.
Anticipate how you will shift student mindsets to accept higher, more rigorous expectations they may not be used to.
Identify some technology resources that will make it easy to plan and deliver Learning Experiences daily.
Prepare Mindsets & Manipulatives
Deconstruct standards to clarify learning objectives.
Use standards and cross-cutting concepts of science to list Learning Intentions for a lesson.
Use standards and scientific method practices to define Success Criteria for a lesson.
Explore the connection between Learning Intentions and Success Criteria and their significance in lesson planning.
Write Learning Intentions
& Success Criteria
Choose technology-based resources upon which to structure interactive Learning Experiences.
Prepare clear and effective Task Instructions.
Prepare Artifact Outlines for students to complete during their investigation.
Observe examples of coordinated Task Instructions and Artifact Outlines.
Design Learning Experiences
Define "data-dependent questions" to compare and contrast them with skill practice.
Consider how Learning Experiences can be adjusted to expand accessible data sets for classroom analysis.
Lean on and strengthen disciplinary literacy skills to increase rigor.
Ensure transfer from activity-specific practices to assessment-specific knowledge and skills.
Include Data-Dependent Analysis
& Skill Practice
Understand the significance of activating prior knowledge.
Consider how the integration of prior knowledge is different from activating it.
Explore the value in "Review & Preview" artifacts completed by students.
"Review & Preview"Artifacts
Watch and learn as the entirety of two different interactive chemistry lessons are planned according to the framework.
Tailor the amount of effort and/or the amount of critical thinking required by a Learning Experience to modify for individual students, small groups of students, or whole classrooms.
Learn how the continuum of effort and critical thinking can be altered for Learning Experiences that use various technology resources including student-controlled simulations, videos, text, and mathematical applications.
You're the perfect fit!
You're a science teacher leading middle or high school students.
You believe students in science classes should learn more about how to think than what to think.
You're stuck in the lecture-lab mentality because that's all you've ever seen and experienced.
You're not sure how to structure a lesson that demands more active participation from your students.
Your students are so quiet and/or disengaged that you don't think they'll actually complete active classwork you painstakingly plan for and assign them.
You're concerned that scientific method investigations are too rigorous for your students to complete in the time provided each class period.
You're concerned your students won't earn high scores on assessments if you focus too much of your instructional efforts on the scientific method and active investigations.
You haven't had success in the past with active learning or inquiry-based instruction.