Meet Professor Marshmallow, elementary school science resource teacher
Take a look at this story from the St. Pete Times, if only for the picture.
Elementary science resource teachers like Professor Marshmallow (aka Ruth Markham) provide a way around the problem that it is impractical to retrain every elementary school teacher to be a highly qualified science teacher (My son had a teacher in elementary school who has a bachelor’s degree in physics, but that doesn’t happen very often). Instead, the idea is that science is handled like art or music – with a specialized resource teacher – so that every student in the school has at least some access to a highly qualified instructor.
How does a student get into the business of being an elementary science resource teacher? One way is to enter an academic program like the one offered at North Carolina State University. The NCSU elementary education major includes a “distinctive math and science component”:
Students majoring in elementary education will select a concentration of math, statistics, and logic (.doc) or science (.doc). In addition to selecting a concentration area, the student will complete required methods courses in all subject areas with six credit hours in mathematics methods and six credit hours in science methods. A strong emphasis on technology and innovative instructional tools is incorporated into the program.Explore posts in the same categories: Physics teacher preparation
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