CLAIM-EVIDENCE-REASONING (CER) IN THE SCIENCE CLASSROOM – SNHU COURSE

(2 Graduate Semester Credits) In this course, you will learn how to apply a CER strategy to science concepts for any K-12 science-based activity. Learn to plan for student claims, design evidence aligned to a guiding question for your activity, as well as plan for the student reasoning responses. You will also learn how to apply design scaffolds and modifications to your lessons to better teach and communicate the CER process, and you will be provided with all the student tools and worksheets you need to effectively implement CER. You will apply these ideas to an implementation process through an action plan design, resource development and analysis of research to view applicability in the classroom. A final implementation plan will allow you to showcase how you plan to specifically implement course ideas into a current or future classroom.

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COURSE DETAILS:
  • Total Price: $269
  • This price includes a $129 One-time fee now + $70/Credit when you finish your course

  • Credit Type: Graduate-Level Credit
  • Credits: 2 Semester Credits
  • 21 High-Quality Resources Provided With The Course

CONTENT AREAS:

  • Science
  • ELA, Reading/Writing
  • Lesson & Curriculum Planning
  • Teaching Strategies
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Course Objectives & What You Will Learn in this Course:

What You Will Learn
  • Learn the Steps in Designing an Effective CER Lesson and Recieve all the Resources you Need to Teach CER in Your Classroom
  • A Step-By-Step Approach & Tools Needed to Implement CER-Based Science Instruction & Activities in Your Classroom
  • Learn How to Assess Student CER Responses & Provide Effective Feedback That Encourages Student Growth

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Course Guiding Question:

Course Guiding Questions

How can I design a lesson to best support the CER writing process, so that my science students can use evidence and reasoning to formulate claims supported by well- structured activities in my classroom?

Great Course, and Great Resources!

The card sorting activity and the graphic organizers are terrific resources from this course that I am excited to use! I’m also really excited to use the CER grading rubric- it will give my students and me clear expectations for CER writing.

-Middle School Teacher

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2 Graduate-Level Semester Credits:

At the conclusion of this course, you will earn 2 Graduate-Level Semester Credits

This course falls under the Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) 500-level course numbering system, for the purposes of credential/licensure designed primarily for electives or professional development/salary advancement purposes. This course is for 2 Semester Credits and requires a minimum passage grade of 80%. Model Teaching is an accredited partner with SNHU. Upon course completion, you will be provided with 2 graduate-level semester credits, along with an official transcript and letter grade from SNHU for you to submit to your district or state department of education for your licensing and/or salary advancement needs.

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Model Teaching has helped thousands of teachers across the country meet their relicensing requirements.  This course is offered in partnership with Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU).

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a public, regional university originally chartered in 1963. SNHU offers continuing education courses to educators through private partnerships such as Model Teaching.

Continuing Education credits through Southern New Hampshire University are offered as graduate-level professional development courses and indicated as Graduate Professional development on the University transcript. Offered as graduate-level, these courses are intended for recertification, salary advancement or lane changes, and continuing education for teachers and educators.

Southern New Hampshire University is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Southern New Hampshire University is regionally accredited and accredited by the following bodies:

  • New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)

All SNHU-partnered Model Teaching courses will include access to graduate-level credit through SNHU along with an official transcript and letter grade.

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Please confirm your specific district or state requirements for license renewal prior to registering and feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have about our graduate-level courses.

Model Teaching has helped thousands of teachers across the country meet their relicensing requirements.  This course is offered in partnership with University of the Pacific.

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a public, regional university originally chartered in 1963. SNHU offers continuing education courses to educators through private partnerships such as Model Teaching.

Continuing Education credits through Southern New Hampshire University are offered as graduate-level professional development courses and indicated as Graduate Professional development on the University transcript. Offered as graduate-level, these courses are intended for recertification, salary advancement or lane changes, and continuing education for teachers and educators.

Southern New Hampshire University is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Southern New Hampshire University is regionally accredited and accredited by the following bodies:

  • The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)

All course work completed will include an Official Transcript and Letter Grade, ready to submit to your district or state authority.

Please confirm your specific district or state requirements for salary advancement prior to registering and feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have about our graduate-level courses.

Course Sections

Topics Covered and General Course Outline

Section 1 – Introduction to Claim, Evidence, Reasoning & Scientific Argumentation

Learn the meaning of CER, the three components of CER and how to use CER as a writing framework in the science classroom.

Section 2.1 – The Claim

Learn what makes a solid claim, how to introduce claim writing to your students, and how to create an activity that supports a strong claim. Then, using the CER activity template, reflect on how you could take an activity at your grade level to align to specific claims students can make.

Section 2.2 – The Evidence

Learn what is included in the evidence component of CER, how to identify and define relevant evidence, and how to verify the evidence in labs and activities will support the claim. Then, using the Evidence Reference Guide and the CER Evidence Template resource, reflect on the specific data that could be generated for your chosen activity.

Section 2.3 – The Reasoning

Learn what is included in the reasoning component of CER, how to introduce reasoning to students, and challenges your students may face when writing their reasoning. Then, using the Reasoning Challenges Reference Sheet and Reasoning Template, reflect on the anticipated challenges your students may have when designing reasoning statements.

Section 3 – How to Write an Appropriate Question for CER Responses

Learn how to write an effective CER question and how to modify and edit ineffective CER questions so they will lead to strong claim writing. Then, utilize the Question Checklist Tool and the Question Writing template to reflect on how to design well- aligned questions that will produce a strong claim.

Section 4 – Modifications for CER

Learn why CER assignments may need to be modified and ways to modify the CER process. Then, refer to the CER Modification Reference Guide and the CER Modification template and reflect on way you can edit you CER lesson to better fit the needs of students in your class.

Section 5 – CER Implementation

Learn how to introduce CER into your classroom, some teaching strategies you can use to implement CER, and how to grade and provide feedback on CER responses. Then, reflect on which instructional strategies you can use to best implement CER into a classroom of your grade level.

Professional Development Course Resources

Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course
The course comes with 21 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!
These Include:

  • CER Reference
  • Activity Alignment Checklist
  • Student Reasoning Organizer
  • Question Checklist Tool
  • CER Modification Template
  • CER Grading Rubric
  • CER Activity Template
  • CER Card Sort Tool
  • Reasoning Challenges Reference Sheet
  • Question Writing Template
  • CER Student Graphic Organizer
  • CER Lesson Plan Template
  • Evidence Reference Guide
  • CER Evidence Template
  • Reasoning Template
  • CER Modification Reference Guide
  • CER Discussion Guide
  • Effectiveness Rubric
  • Unit Assessments Overview Plan and Sample
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