Science Teacher Professional Development
Our teacher workshops are designed to supply science teachers with the resources they need to address the 2010 Middle School Science TEKS! These workshops are specifically designed to cover new TEKS that are not well covered in other curriculum materials. In addition to all lessons being aligned with the 2010 TEKS and to the National Science Standards, all materials are FREE for download. Each lesson includes inquiry based, hands-on activities with step by step, easy to follow procedures in the 5E lesson plan format. Scientific investigation steps are embedded in each lesson. This allows teachers to repeatedly emphasize the studentsí learning of the scientific method by incorporating the process skills necessary to perform successful experimental investigations.

Lessons featured will be from the PEER Veterinary Black Bag (VBB) Program and PEER Teacher Requested Resources Service. The VBB Program is designed to capitalize on studentsí natural interest in animals to help motivate them to learn the required science curriculum. These lessons are created for science teachers, by a team of College of Veterinary Medicine faculty and experienced science teachers. The advantage of our VBB Program is that students see the real world application of the science topics they are learning in class. Videos of veterinarians and veterinary students help introduce the lessons and show how the required TEKS are used in their field. Tips for inviting a veterinarian to visit the classroom will also be provided. The Teacher Requested Resource Service is a system by which lessons are designed based on the requests from teachers on topics of their choice. This allows the PEER lesson designers to focus on TEKS that may not be covered well in current district curricular materials. The lessons are supported by relevant and interesting strategies for teaching, activities, labs, worksheets and other teacher resources.

Notable features of the teacher resource materials include:
1.    Incorporation of the 5 E lesson plan format; Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate.
2.    A detailed and interactive PowerPoint presentation for each lesson.
3.    Hands-on activities, with all needed worksheets for data collection and note taking.
4.    Extension activities to take the lesson a step farther
5.    Differentiated strategies to help all levels of learners.
6.    Ways to use interactive notebooks with the lesson materials.
7.    Veterinarian and scientist video presentations.

All of these materials are immediately and continually available via the website and are FREE for all to use.

Past workshop locations and dates were as follows :

Science and Health Science Curriculum Workshops
  •  College Station, Texas June 6, 2012
  •  College Station, Texas June 7, 2012
  •  Midland, Texas June 25, 2012
  •  Amarillo, Texas June 28, 2012
  •  San Antonio, Texas July 3, 2012
  Workshop Rosters and Information

The workshop schedule is as follows:

8:30 a.m. Introductions and PEER Program Overview
9:15 a.m. Orthopedics Veterinary Presentation
10:15 a.m. Break    
10:15 a.m. Effect of Exercise on Bone Structure-VBB Orthopedics Module
11:30 a.m Lunch
1:00 p.m. Camouflage and Climate Change-Teacher Requested Resources
2:00 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. The Cycling of Matter and Energy-Teacher Requested Resources
3:15 p.m. Explore Website and Evaluate
4:00 p.m. Adjourn

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The PEER Program is composed of three grants entitled "GK-12 Fellows Integrate Science/Math in Rural Middle Schools", "Integrating Environmental Health Science in Rural Schools," and a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) entitled "Science Promotion in Rural Middle Schools".

Major funding for the PEER Program is provided by the
National Science Foundation, the
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences,
National Institute of General Medical Sciences, and the National Institutes of Health.