|A sampling of Staff development, In-service, Pre-service and Professional learning courses presented since 1994:
Alternative Assessment (How to Make AAA's, 2002-2005)
Teachers will be presented with types of alternative assessment i.e. rubrics, performance assessment, observation checklists, portfolios. Teachers will also be presented with assessment according to the National Science Education Standards. We will discuss the benefits and limitation of each type of assessment. Teachers will get a chance to view student samples of various types of assessment. Teachers will develop assessments for lessons/activities that they already teach in their classrooms. Teachers will be given addresses and websites of places where they can obtain other free lab activities and assessments to support major science education standards.
Backwards Design (2006-2008)
Training in using the backwards design model (Big Idea, Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions), to incorporate the Georgia Performance Standards into science classrooms as well as to build thematic science units.
Best of Biology & Environmental Science Escapades
Teachers will observe discrepant events and get directions to perform them in their own classrooms. Teachers will actually do various lab activities using living organisms and animal biofacts, and will learn how to use their campus to increase observational skills and environmental awareness. All activities will demonstrate biological and environmental science applications. Activities used characteristically heighten student interest in science, teach fundamental scientific concepts and are user friendly. Teachers will be given addresses and websites of places where they can obtain other free lab activities and exceptional strategies to support major science education standards. Freebies such as lesson plans, posters, science activities and kits, subscriptions to Newton’s Apple and Nova’s interactive videos and animal biofacts will be given.
Brain Based Learning
Genetically Engineer GenScope Dragons (2000-2004)
Using the computer based manipulative GenScope®, students and teachers can direct the processes of inheritance on six different, but related, levels: DNA, chromosome, cell, organism, pedigree, and population. As a complement to text-based instruction, the GenScope® allows students not only to read about genetics, but actually observe and manipulate processes at one biological level that affects life at another. The program offers a new educational technology that uses the computer to bridge the gap between "facts and figures" observed in the natural world and the mental associations we construct to explain them
Implementing Inquiry Based Strategies with the Georgia Performance Standards (2008)
Just Plain Ole Good Science Teaching
Teaching is a dynamic process that requires many skills, humor, “magic”, planning, dramatic presentations, scientific knowledge etc. In this session teachers will gain a gallimaufry of science teaching ideas that will enhance their science instruction and facilitate not only student learning, but teacher enjoyment of teaching, because happier teachers are more effective teachers. Teachers will learn how to utilize science karaoke in their classrooms, and will sing and receive biology and environmental science songs that stress QCC content. Teachers will observe discrepant events, get rubrics for creative and authentic science assessments, and preview activities that characteristically heighten student interest in science, teach fundamental scientific concepts and are user friendly. CD’s with lessons and songs will be given away, as well as hardcopies of rubrics and lessons presented and web links to those ideas presented and similar websites.
LaserDisk Technology (1994-1997)
In-service workshop on incorporating Videodisks and Multimedia into classrooms
Multiple Intelligences (1998-2007)
Workshop introducing Gardner’s theory of MultipleIntelligences & uses in the classroom
Nurturing the Love of Biology
Teaching is a dynamic process that requires many skills, including, but not limited to: humor, “magic”, planning, dramatic presentations, and music as well as scientific knowledge. In this session teachers will gain a gallimaufry of science teaching ideas that will enhance their science instruction and facilitate not only student learning, but also teacher enjoyment of teaching, because happier teachers are more effective teachers. Teachers will learn how to utilize science karaoke in their classrooms, and will sing and receive biology and environmental science songs that stress GPS. Teachers will observe discrepant events, get rubrics for creative and authentic science assessments, and preview activities that characteristically heighten student interest in science, teach fundamental scientific concepts and are user friendly. Teachers will spend time enhancing activities they already use in their classrooms as well as creating new strategies for use upon immediate return to their students. CD’s with lessons and songs will be given away, as well as hardcopies of rubrics and lessons presented and web links to those ideas presented and similar websites.
ProActive Classroom Management
Demonstrating techinques for proactive management in k-12 classrooms
Scholarship Under the Stars (2004-2007)
What better way to make science come alive for your students, than to use science that is alive? This workshop highlights the benefits of using living organisms for instructional needs, including which animals are easiest to maintain and culture in the classroom and which animals produce interesting biofacts. It covers legalities of keeping both domesticated and wild caught animals in the classroom, and how students can maintain, interact with and learn from animals in a classroom zoo. Career and extracurricular applications will be mentioned and successful laboratories and activities will be described in detail. This session also provides resources that offer animal information, organizations that offer free instructional supplies or information for teachers and Internet sites about animals. Respect for all life is emphasized, and no animals are harmed during the presentation. This presentation focuses on how science teachers can use animals to capture, keep and foster student interest and understanding of scientific concepts.
Science Olympiad Training for Elementary and Middle School Teachers
Science, Technology and Science Education: Historical and Contemporary Implications
Successful Strategies for High School Science
Workshop on successful strategies to use in the K-12 Science classroom
Teacher Expectations and Student Achievement
Demonstrating how Teacher Expectations effect Student Achievement
Implementing DeKalb County Schools new curriculum Blueprint, best practices strategies, and authentic assessment
True Colors (1998-2007)
We Dont COVER Science, we UNcover Science
Ever wonder where those ‘Frakenstein’ of students ideas about science come from? Ever wonder why you can ‘teach your heart out’ but your students still don’t ‘get it’? Come, find out how students learn and modify their science ideas and what you can do to help
Parrott, Annette (2005). Mastering Metrics. Science Scope. 29(1):53-55.
Parrott, Annette. (2005). From DNA to Disorder. The Science Teacher. 72(5):35-39.
Parrott, A. M. (2005). Timeline Comparing Science, Science Education and Technology Innovations and Developments. In J.Hassard, The Art of Teaching Science. (p80, p106-107). New York: Oxford University Press.
Parrott, Annette. (2003). Learners' Strategies for Reconstructing Cognitive Frameworks and Navigating Conceptual Change from Prior Conception to Consensual Genetics Knowledge. Doctoral Dissertation.
Parrott, Annette. (2002). 'The Lorax' Revisited. The Georgia Science Teacher. 42(3):6-11.
Parrott, Annette. (2000). Activities with Antlions. The Science Teacher. 67(2):51-53.
Parrott, Annette. (2000). Using Grandma to Teach Protein Synthesis. The Georgia Science Teacher. 41(1):8-9.
Parrott, Annette. (1999). Not Only Fish. Science Activities. 36(3):22-25.
Parrott, Annette. (1999). Insect Olympians. Science Activities. 36(1):9-13.
Parrott, Annette. (1996). The Zooary. Classroom Connect. iCD Club. Lancaster, PA
Grey, Annette. (1996). Termite Trouble. The Science Teacher. 63(6):79-80.
Grey, Annette. (1995). Zoos in Schools. The Georgia Science Teacher. 37(3):10-11.
|Dr. Annette M. Parrott
Staff Development Presentations