Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Science Lesson for Teachers Workshop Covers Classroom Techniques

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Science Lesson for Teachers Workshop Covers Classroom Techniques

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Her bag was overflowing with activities to teach students about soil, the vibration of sound and energy conduits, but Connie Boone was looking for more activities that could be used in her classroom at Fletcher Middle School.

Boone was searching for hands-on activities that will help her students grasp scientific concepts.

"That is why we teachers come to these workshops," Boone said. "It makes our job easier."

Boone was one of nearly 1,000 teachers attending the annual Florida Association of Science Teachers conference at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville through tomorrow.

At the conference, teachers learn about current research and new curriculum ideas. Topics include science, technology and North Florida marine environment. Teachers also visit area science centers, including Tree Hill, Guana River State Park and Okeefenokee Swamp.

The conference opened yesterday with the "Make 'N Take" workshop, in which science teachers learn about experiments and hands-on activities used by their peers. Teachers are shown how to replicate and adapt the lessons for their own classroom exercises. …

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