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What Teacher Training for New Science Standards Could Look Like

The Tracy teachers, none of whom has a strong background in science, had expressed concern about their ability to teach the subject. When they finished the day’s two short lessons, the teachers were as enthused as their students. The new approach, coupled with attendance at some preparatory summer sessions, increased their confidence, they said. The new methods “make teaching science so much more fun,” said Debbie Patterson, a third grade teacher, when the team first got together to plan the lesson in September. “The kids are excited too. They are as excited to learn science as they are to go to recess.”