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Continuing Education

Exploring the Concept of Matter in Elementary School Science: Physical and Chemical Changes

Date: December 12 2012 5:00pm - 7:30pm Location: Corbett Annex 100

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Corbett Annex 100

What is a physical change? What is a chemical change? How are they alike, and how are they different? How can we separate a mixture using physical properties? Can we separate a compound using chemical properties? What are the signs that a chemical change is occurring? What is endothermic? What is exothermic?

About Exploring the Concept of Matter in Elementary School Science

  • These 5 workshops are designed to be accessible as either a series or as stand-alone sessions.
  • Each session will include content, activities, and teaching methods appropriate for K-5 classrooms.
  • A variety of teaching techniques will be modeled. Special emphasis will be placed on effective use of inquiry at various levels of student independence.
  • We will address how to integrate the topic of matter into math and literacy lessons, and vice versa. 

Credit option: This workshop is part of the “Science Series”. Each workshop can be taken individually or in sequence, with the option to purchase 1 semester hour of continuing education credit after completing all 5 in the series. Registration for credit will occur at the last workshop in this series.

Instructor: Joseph Minato, M.T.E.

About the Instructor

Joseph Minato, M.T.E. is a science teacher with a B.S. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.T.E. in science education. He presently teaches at the Portland Jewish Academy and in the M.A.T. program at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. He is a recipient of the prestigious Polaroid Award for Outstanding Teaching at MIT.

While classically trained in physics and math, Joe is a lifelong natural historian with a broad background and endless enthusiasm for exploring the wonders of the natural world from subatomic physics to cosmology, from molecular genetics to frog metamorphosis.

Joe has taught in a wide variety of settings, urban and rural, public and private, and to a wide variety of students, gifted scholars to troubled youth, small children to veteran educators. His favorite students are whomever he is teaching right now. His favorite lesson is whatever lesson he is doing right now.

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