TOTOS SEEP Grant EE/ESE Program Descriptions

Sustainability and Environmental Education for Pre-Service (SEEP)

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Name(s) of instructor(s)

Don Burgess

Name of university

Western Washington University

Level of preparation for the program being described: elementary, middle school, high school (or combination)

Elementary Pre-service teachers

University course number

SCED 480

University course title

Science Methods and Curriculum for the Elementary School

University course catalogue description

Classroom/laboratory study of theory, curriculum, science content, processes and effective teaching methods in the context of national and Washington state standards in science including activities appropriate for the elementary classroom. To be taken in sequence with SCED 490(enroll one quarter prior to registering for SCED 490).

Objectives of this specific EE-ESE project

(big ideas are fine)

See BOLDED Goals below:

Course Goals & Outcomes

  1. 480 Student will demonstrate dispositions to teach science.
    1. 480 Student will describe nature of science and its importance in science instruction
    2. 480 Student will identify how scientific inquiry is important and useful to their students’ understanding of nature and participation in society
    3. 480 Student will understand and implement strategies to ensure that all students learn.
  2. 480 Student will understand how students learn science and how to design appropriate learning environment
    1. 480 Student will identify and address student ideas about science
    2. 480 Student will identify process skills in science incorporate them into instruction
    3. 480 Student will choose teaching strategies to accomplish specific learning goals
      1. 480 Student will choose teaching strategies to accomplish specific learning goals
      2. conceptual change models
      3. sheltered instruction
      4. questioning strategies
      5. curricular integration
      6. process skills
    4. 480 Student will identify and address needs of individual learners
    5. 480 Student will develop understanding of how content, learning and pedagogy are related in science learning.
  3. 480 Student will understand and develop assessments that support and document Student understanding
    1. pre-assessment
      1. for misconceptions
      2. for development of learning and teaching elements
      3. to gauge what Students learn
    2. formative assessment
    3. summative assessment that includes elements of content, process & NOS
  4. 480 Student will understand national and state standards for science learning
    1. Student will identify appropriate content for K8 classrooms
    2. Student will identify similarities and differences between NSES, Benchmarks and EALRs

Description of the experience(s) the pre-service teachers had to learn EE-ESE strategies

(This is the main, detailed description. Please include enough detail so someone else will know what you did.)

“Each One Teach One”

I taught and then modeled this well known activity with Pre-service elementary teachers both “inside” the Learning Resource Center and “outside” alongside the SMATE building.

Materials/equipment needed for the pre-service teacher experience (include technology that may have been used)

Hand lenses

Were preK-12 children involved? (Yes or no). If yes, describe their involvement and ages.


Was this an indoor or outdoor project (or both)?

Describe the setting.


Were other subject area professors involved? Yes or no. If yes, what subjects were integrated? How?


Were there community/ agency/institution partners? Yes or no. If yes, how was the partnership structured?


How was the program evaluated? What did the pre-service teachers have to say?

Reflective writing by participants


If another grant was written to support your EE-ESE work, what types of things would you hope to accomplish?


Thank you!