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Continuing Education

Teaching Authentic, Hands-on, Inquiry Based Science in the Upper Elementary Classroom

Date: July 30, 2012 - August 3, 2012 Location: Portland Jewish Academy, 6651 SW Capitol Highway

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Portland Jewish Academy, 6651 SW Capitol Highway

Children love science. The objective of this course is to learn how to provide exceptional science activities for our students. Course material will provide a theoretical, research-based basis for the value of authentic science. Participants will view and participate in a variety of sample lessons and will create their own lesson to try out in their school classrooms. 

Essential basics such as safety, meeting standards, securing and wrangling supplies, and effective assessment will also be covered.

Course Details

Dates: Monday-Friday, July 30-August 3, 2012

Time: 9 a.m. - noon

Location: Portland Jewish Academy is located next to the Mittleman Jewish Community Center - click here for a map.

Instructor: Joseph Minato, M.T.E.

Continuing education credit: CEED 866, 1 semester hour, $350

Registration form (PDF)

  • To ensure your place and to avoid cancellation due to insufficient enrollment, please register no later than two weeks before your course or workshop is scheduled to begin. 

Materials fee: There is a $25 fee for supplies used during this course, payable at the first session. Each participant will leave with a box of essential science teaching supplies. 

About the Instructor

Joseph Minato, M.T.E. is a science teacher with a B.S. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.T.E. in science education. He presently teaches at the Portland Jewish Academy and in the M.A.T. program at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. He is a recipient of the prestigious Polaroid Award for Outstanding Teaching at MIT.

While classically trained in physics and math, Joe is a lifelong natural historian with a broad background and endless enthusiasm for exploring the wonders of the natural world from subatomic physics to cosmology, from molecular genetics to frog metamorphosis.

Joe has taught in a wide variety of settings, urban and rural, public and private, and to a wide variety of students, gifted scholars to troubled youth, small children to veteran educators. His favorite students are whomever he is teaching right now. His favorite lesson is whatever lesson he is doing right now.

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