VAST PDI 2015
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2015 Annual PDI
November 19-21, 2015
14750 Conference Center Drive
Chantilly, VA 20151
Designing Inquiring Minds
The hallmark of critical thinking is an inquiring
mind. Good thinkers are good questioners. What they see, read, hear,
or engage with results in questions. If good thinkers are good
questioners, then are good questioners good thinkers? Absolutely
they are and science education plays a significant role in the
development of critical thinkers!
Designing inquiring minds in our students begins with the teacher and the practices he or she uses in the classroom. Instructional strategies become to the tools to model how to think and ask questions. Assessment practices help teachers to design instruction to continue to move students along in their journey towards developing an inquiring mind. Books become resources students use to find answers to questions they ask and infusing writing across the curriculum using science experiences provides students with a way to make their thinking visible.
This year’s professional development institute will provide learning opportunities for teachers to develop the ability to engage students in effective science practices while encouraging the growth of an inquiry mindset in our students.
To register, for the PDI or the PDI and the Donna R. Sterling Institute, click here!
For School Teams or Individuals wishing to register only for the Donna R. Sterling Institute’s Workshop: Uncovering Student Thinking through Formative Assessment, click here.