Capstone Project Title
Jana Lo Bello Miller
Secondary teachers in Minnesota are expected to plan for one hundred and sixty five days of school. With many secondary teachers responsible for teaching more than one unique course each day as part of a seven period class schedule, that is over three hundred individual class periods that need to be prepared. Additionally, student attention span is decreasing, and it is harder to keep students engaged in the material than it has been in the past. In order to combat these challenges, I have identified the different categories of science class periods and developed research based planning templates for each type of class period. These templates are designed to keep students more engaged on the individual portions of class based on research on attention span and best practices for student engagement. By having access to these planning templates, teachers will reduce the amount of time they spend on planning each class period, which will allow more time to be dedicated to their other responsibilities. This capstone uses research and data collected on students and attention span to answer the question: What are the most effective ways to structure the different types of secondary science class periods within a seven period class schedule? In conclusion, this project demonstrates that secondary science classes can be planned in a way that is beneficial both to the students and to the teacher.
Templates for Planning Individual Class Periods
Grades/ Student Performance, Science
Cudnowski, Christopher, "Templates for Planning Engaging Secondary Science Class Periods Within a Seven Period Daily Schedule" (2023). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 966.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects