Georgia Science Teachers Association
GSTA 2021 Conference
GSTA is making plans for the 2021 GSTA Conference and registration is LIVE! The conference will be held at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday, February 4 - Saturday, February 6, 2021. We understand the uncertainty of these times and will have an online contingency plan in the need arises. The theme for the conference is "Making Connections" and we look forward to sharing the strands soon and opening up proposals for sessions.
We are going to be offering three short courses on Saturday, February 6th:
Saturday Short Course: Creating Your Own Storylines (6-12) - Illinois Science Teachers Association Storyline Working Group
The Illinois Science Teachers Association is known for their biology storyline which has been shared nationally: https://www.ilscience.org/Storyline. They have formed a Storyline Working Group to share their planning strategies with teachers. They will offer a keynote session at the conference and will present a Saturday short course on how to develop storyline lessons. Teachers are encouraged to attend as grade level teams. Storyline lessons are lessons that use phenomena to coherently engage students in content, crosscutting concepts, and the science and engineering practices.This session will be geared towards 6-12 science teachers.
Saturday Short Course: Misconceptions & Formative Assessments (K-12) Page Keeley
Join Page Keeley, author of the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science Formative Assessment Probes, Science Formative Assessment Strategies, and Teaching Conceptual Understanding as she provides insight to student misconceptions and how formative assessment strategies can enhance student learning. This session will be geared towards earth, life, and physical science teachers of grades K-12.
Saturday Short Course: Keeping Science at the Center of Elementary STEAM Learning (K-5) Jeremy Peacock
As elementary schools make the shift from STEM to STEAM, it can be challenging to balance the new focus on the Arts with effective science instruction. We know that science and art can have a mutualistic relationship, and many great scientists also display great artistic talent and creativity. So, how can you balance science and art while also integrating technology, math, and engineering and not making STEAM "just one more thing" in your classroom? We will share a STEAM planning framework, along with classroom examples, that meaningfully integrates STEAM components to help students become well-rounded problem solvers and critical thinkers. This session will be geared towards teachers of K-5.
GSTA Collection of Online Teaching Resources
GSTA is continuing to organize online teaching resources for science teachers. We are planning online professional learning for teachers for June & Juy. Stay tuned for details! If you have lessons you would like to share, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please consider following GSTA our social media platforms. We have communities that are sharing resources and ideas. You can follow us @GSTANews on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Please consider adding resources to the GSTA phenomena bank.
Donald White of Coweta Schools has posted several online lessons in the district science updates newsletter. You can find K-5 lessons at:https://www.smore.com/p6b2k and 6-12 lessons at: https://www.smore.com/5dqvj
CONNECT Georgia science teachers to vibrant local and statewide professional networks that enhance their classroom practice and the value of their membership.
PARTNER with informal science education stakeholders to facilitate science literacy opportunities for learners of all ages in real-world communities.