ERIC Number: ED347047
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Coaching Science Stars. Pep Talk and Play Book for Real-World Problem Solving.
Barkman, Robert C.
This manual adapts the pedagogy used on the playing field, the studio, and the stage to the classroom. This method, called "Pep Talk," encourages teachers to: (1) create a need to know; (2) challenge students to know; (3) show how to know; (4) apply know-how; and (5) know how to inspire cooperation. Pep talk is the method coaches use when they cheer their players to step up to the plate and swing at the ball, to play by the game plan, and to practice, practice, practice! Putting "Pep Talk" into action in the science classroom will: (1) involve students in doing science; (2) encourage students to risk developing their own ideas; (3) create a "can-do" attitude; (4) show the significance of science to daily life; and (5) communicate that it's okay to have fun. This philosophy is a backbone of a program called Real-World Science, which uses the type of curriculum found in this book. Real-World Science as founded in 1984 as a summer enrichment program for the purpose of building interest and confidence in science, strengthening the cooperation between industry and academia, and giving schools innovative ways to develop talent. Most of all, the program was designed to be fun. Since its founding, over 350 students have participated in this new experiment in learning, along with their teachers who have been trained to teach real-world science in the classroom. This manual is divided into "Pep Talk,""Play Book," and "It's Your Turn.""Pep Talk" is the pedagogy and "Play Book" is the curriculum for teaching real-world problem solving to students. The chapters of "Play Book" describe the way scientists search for solutions by recognizing patterns, asking the right questions, making predictions with confidence, and doing experiments. Each of the chapters is organized according to the five basic rules of Pep Talk: create a need to know, challenge to know, show how to know, apply know-how, and know how to inspire cooperation. "Pep Talk" encourages teachers to coach students a little; let them play a lot. The third section ("It's Your Turn") gives teachers the tools to create a curriculum for their students based on a model curriculum presented in the "Play Book" section. Using the rules offered by "Pep Talk" a new curriculum can be created (or an existing one can be revised) that will give teachers an alternative way to teach science in the classroom. Appended are a list of resource materials, and a computer program (written in Basic) to compute a correlation coefficient. A bibliography of 100 references is included. (CW)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Motivation, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Student Motivation, Teaching Methods
Zephyr Press, 3316 N. Chapel Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85718 ($17.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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