Mi-STAR at MSTA 2019
March 1-2
Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Mi-STAR Session Schedule

Friday, March 1, 2019

Mi-STAR: Helping students use systems thinking in the classroom and everyday life
8:00 am - 9:45 am
Session Description: Participate in fun, three-dimensional activities that introduce systems and system models as tools scientists and engineers use to understand complicated phenomena and solve problems. System modeling is more than simply drawing pictures; experience how systems thinking empowers learners to make sense of complicated problems. Empower your students to use systems thinking both in the classroom and in their everyday lives. Classroom-tested lesson provided.

This presentation is based on a Mi-STAR Off-the-Shelf Lesson.  Mi-STAR “Off-the-Shelf” lessons are a series of three-dimensional, standalone learning experiences available to teachers who have identified gaps in student understanding and skills related to the newly adopted Michigan Science Standards. Specifically, this lesson is designed to introduce systems thinking and modeling to students.

Mi-STAR: It can be done! Easy tools to empower students to steer their own learning
​10:00 am - 11:45 am
Session Description: How can you implement student-driven learning and still stay in the driver’s seat? With your skillful facilitation and the Unit Bubble Map, you can help students make connections between their questions and the investigations they’re conducting, as well as supporting them to generate new questions as they work to solve a Unit Challenge.  Walk away with a toolkit from the Mi-STAR curriculum to make student-driven instruction a reality for you and your students.

Mi-STAR Information Session
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Session Description: Interested in getting the Mi-STAR curriculum and professional learning implemented in your school or district? Attend this session to discover what the Mi-STAR grades 6-8 science and engineering program offers, talk with a veteran teacher and program staff, and learn the simple steps to get your school or district up and running with Mi-STAR.

Use the NGSS Engineering Practices to Make Curriculum Decisions (*teacher-submitted session)
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Session Description: Engineering isn't just for building stuff! Engineering practices provide a fair and logical way to evaluate a wide variety of solutions - like which curriculum to adopt. Come learn how we used criteria, constraints, and a Mi-STAR decision matrix to move forward in our district curriculum review process - and embedded some PD at the same time.

Mi-STAR From a Teacher Perspective: Q&A with Veteran Mi-STAR Teachers
2:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Session Description: Explore the Mi-STAR curriculum from the perspective of teachers who have experience writing, piloting, and facilitating for the program. Teachers and project staff will be there to listen, answer your questions, and increase your comfort level. Are you an experienced teacher? Please come and share your perspective, too!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

​Supporting Students’ Scientific Explanations with CER  (*teacher-submitted session)
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Session Description: Learn about action research on CER done by three middle school teachers from Kalamazoo Public Schools. Facilitators will offer strategies that worked to help students gain confidence in their ability to write evidence and reasoning.

Incorporating Modeling Instruction with Mi-STAR   (*teacher-submitted session)
10:00 am - 11:45 am
Session Description: Incorporating Modeling (Whiteboarding) practices into Mi-STAR lessons for students engagement and learning. Come and gain ideas and strategies from teachers trained in Modeling Instruction, and as MiSTAR PLFs.

Mi-STAR: Managing Group Talk & Teamwork  (*teacher-submitted session)
11:00 am - 12:45 pm
Session Description: Productive talk is an essential part of NGSS and the Mi-STAR curriculum experience. Through discourse and teamwork, students will learn to construct explanations and support their thinking with evidence. They also learn to reflect, consider new evidence, and reevaluate their thinking. But, how do you ensure that students are focused and actively participating during this time? This session will share some important strategies that will help you build a science community and promote equity and participation among students.

Mi-STAR: Deconstructing CERs (Claim, Evidence, Reasoning) to help students construct explanations
1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Session Description: Scientists have been using CERs for centuries, but research shows students still don’t understand the difference between evidence and reasoning. How do you help your students use this scientific tool like a scientist? Learn how to guide your students to distinguish between evidence and reasoning by digging into examples from the Mi-STAR curriculum. Handouts provided to support implementation of this practice in the classroom.



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Mi-STAR was founded in 2015 through generous support provided by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation. Mi-STAR has also received substantial support from the National Science Foundation and the MiSTEM Advisory Council through the Michigan Department of Education.