Over 40 fourth and fifth grade teachers from Saratoga Springs City School District, Galway Central School District, and Schuylerville Central School District had the opportunity to experience a unique professional development program. The program was offered through the WSWHE BOCES Gifted and Talented Resource Center in collaboration with Minds On and the Renssealerville Institute.
Teachers received a full-day experience that focused on two sessions: science and technology training, as well as math and engineering training. Each session focused on techniques and developmental activities that teachers could bring into the classroom, with a focus on project-based, hands-on learning.
Linda Borock, Director of Minds On, explained: “Minds On fills a big void for schools that are working with limited to no budget. We provide shoestring activities that can easily be recreated by the instructors in their classrooms, and also connect them to free resources through Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers (CIBT) and the Kahn Academy.”
In the area of science and technology, elementary educators examined several lab activities including a sample two-week lesson on crickets, introductory activities in biotechnology and forensics, cell theory, and easy tips for teaching microscopes.
In the area of math and engineering, the teachers explored microelectronics, fractions using 3-D animals, periscopes, density, and number prefixes.
Minds On was established in 1983 and prides itself on bringing life into learning, and breathing learning into life. Minds On encourages teachers and inspires students through high-energy, all-day workshops for elementary, middle, and high school students developed and led by practitioners and subject matter experts.
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