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About Me

Hello! My name is Jackie and I currently teach in the Cohoes City School District. I teach Life Science in Grade 7, Living Environment in Grade 8, and Natural Disasters and Green Energy at the High School level. I did my undergrad at SUNY Oneonta and graduated in December 2014. I am currently certified in Biology and General Science Grades 7-12. I am from Newburgh, NY; about an hour North of NYC. My parents still live there but I keep moving around. In addition to teaching, I am also a Summer Camp Director back in my hometown. My staff includes about 22 other counselors and about 200 kids. Our home base is at a beautiful park across the street from my parents' house. We go on several trips each week. I consider myself lucky because of how much I enjoy the work I do. Sometimes I feel as though I never have a minute to spare, but it is all worth it in the end. When I finally get a minute to spare I try to get outdoors. I've always been one to enjoy camping and more recently I have been getting into hiking and kayaking. I guess you can say I am more of a Spring/Summer/Fall kind of girl.

My Topic/Purpose

Incorporating Literacy in the Science Classroom

Needs Assessment

Problem There has been a recent focus on literacy in classrooms across all disciplines, not just ELA. The problem is, not many science teachers are trained to adequately include literacy as a part of their science curriculum. This course will walk science teachers through various literacy strategies to use in their classrooms. According to Tang (2016), "in recent years, curriculum reforms and standards around the world are putting more emphasis on disciplinary literacy in all subject areas" (p. 220).

What is to be Learned Learners in this course will gain knowledge on how to incorporate various literacy strategies in secondary science classrooms.

The Learners Individuals taking part in this course should have a background in secondary science education. While this course will focus on Life Science and Biology, the strategies may be used across all science disciplines. The learners may be current or pre-service secondary science teachers that possess a great amount of knowledge in their science discipline.

Analysis of the Learner and Context

Performance Objectives

  • Explain how to implement various literacy strategies in the science classroom.
  • Explore various literacy strategies to implement in the science classroom.
  • Develop lessons that use scientific literacy.
  • Understand the benefits of literacy in all disciplines.
  • Evaluate their understanding of implementing literacy strategies in the science classroom.

Task Analysis