Teacher FAQ

Who can participate?

These modules are currently designed for 7th and 8th grade students.  Thus, we are looking for teachers and principals that are interested in supporting this research project with their middle school science students.

How much time do teachers need to commit to SAVE Science?

We ask that teachers participate in the project for a minimum of one academic year. This means that you will:

  • Participate in professional development in the Fall and Spring,
  • Distribute and collect student and parent consent forms.
  • Administer one introductory and at least one assessment module,
  • Help students with related online surveys and reflective questionnaires,
  • And provide feedback about your experiences.

All in all, teachers spend about 12 hours in professional development and a minimum of 3 class periods devoted to SAVE Science activities during the school year.  Of course, there are additional opportunities to participate in extension activities in and out of the classroom.

See Implementation for more details.

What is the benefit to students?

The modules are designed to align to Philadelphia, State and National Science Education Standards (NSES) appropriate for middle school content.  They can be used for standardized test preparation and content reviews.

The assessments are designed like games, and they allow us to ‘grade’ students based on their actions as well as their responses to questions.  As a result, this is a contextual assessment with intrinsically engaging and motivating qualities.  Students often report that they don’t feel like they are taking a test because it is “fun.”

What do I gain from participating?

That depends on you. Some of the most noted benefits of joining the SAVE Science teams include:

  • Collaborating with peers, university faculty and content experts on a National Science Foundation – funded project,
  • Contributing to advancing science assessment methods,
  • Advancing understanding of inquiry assessment design,
  • Accessing inherently engaging classroom activities,
  • Capitalizing on publication opportunities and OF COURSE…
  • Financial compensation based on your level of participation.

I’m not very tech-savvy, can I still participate?

Of course! SAVE Science needs to design and successfully implement user-friendly modules that all teachers can present with ease and confidence.  We need the insight and feedback from real teachers, faced with real-world challenges of every-day teaching. 

For example – we’ve learned that each school in Philadelphia has its own, unique set of internet access settings, which has led us to work with the district to provide centralized tech support at the implementing schools.  This means that our teachers spend less time on the logistics of preparing modules and more time focusing on students’ use of the assessments!

I’m interested in this project, what now?

Contact us! We look forward to hearing from you!