3 Credits / 45 Hours
in-service credit only
Using Phenomena-Based Learning in the Science Classroom
*New Course Spring 2022
(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only
Instructor: Allison Elfreth Email: AElfrethliips@gmail.com
Course Description: Phenomena has been the new buzz word in education ever since Finland made Phenomena-Based Learning compulsory starting in 2016. At its core, phenomena-based learning is intended to be a cross-disciplinary form of teaching that enables students to understand the connections between multiple disciplines and how those disciplinary knowledges can be used together to solve problems. Practically, unless a school culture devotes itself to providing time in the day for students to participate in a multidisciplinary PhenoBL module as done in Finland, phenomena-based learning can and must be done in a given subject area. Phenomena are simply observable events, and they need not be phenomenal. The phenomena should have a real-world context which is how we can begin to engage all students. Similar to project-based learning and problem-based learning, students are expected to work together to ask questions and find solutions to those questions. We will explore the following
- What is phenomena-based learning?
- What are the qualities of good phenomena?
- A library of phenomena examples
- Using graphs and data in a real-world context as an anchoring phenomena
- How phenomena are related to the Next-Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
- How to use storylines to guide our lessons using anchoring phenomena
- Phenomena based learning and the 5E Model