Testimonials about STEP

Image: flower for bulleted listImage: Summer Institute Instructor Katie Walter is pictured during a hands-on activityKathy Carpenter 2nd grade, Fairbanks

Upon taking the STEP class, I learned to set up a purpose for a lesson to make sure students have an opportunity to understand, explore, process and apply what they learned for a better grasp of the knowledge being given.

Once you can get a grasp of purpose, content, and process of a lesson, a new doorway of teaching opens up.

I learned at STEP 2007 that there is more than one way to assess and reach a student’s ability to develop an understanding of a science process. They need to be able to ask questions and get some answers through observation and exploration …A lesson that can be related to real life makes more sense and stays with you longer.

This was my eighth lesson, and I think that the STEP 2007 training has made me pickier about how to teach my lessons, or what to look for in a lesson that I want to use with my students. Like the scientists at STEP, you sift through a lot of research material that will work at the time you teach to get the concepts across and on the time schedule allowed for them. If it doesn’t work well, then they know not to repeat it and vice versa. I’m able to look at a lesson I want to teach and supplement areas that I feel are weak or that will enhance the student’s learning and in the time frame I feel I can use.

Image: flower for bulleted listMarie Gore- K-4 teacher, Cantwell

The summer training with STEP has deepened my understanding in so many ways when it comes to the weather, climate, cold, warm, ice, melting, ecosystems, and so forth.  It is helping me with, not only these lessons, but also all my science lessons.  I'm a better teacher because of it.

Image: flower for bulleted listMarlene McDermott-3rd grade, Fairbanks

…I know the training broadened my science background and made me more confident in addressing science topics with my students.

The lessons presented by the ASC instructors used the process skill GLEs. Because we discussed and analyzed them as a class as well as used them ourselves, I gained the confidence to feel I can assess how well the lessons I field test address them.

Image: flower for bulleted listTanya Wimer, K-12 teacher, Chugach Distance Delivery Program

The best thing that I received from the STEP Program was getting familiar with the GLE’s. It can be a challenge to understand these and focus on them when there are so many that teachers are required to follow along with District and School targets or standards. Having the STEP training helped me to be focus on the state standards so that I could ensure that they are being met with my students.

Image: flower for bulleted listTracy Crockett-Kindergarten, Wasilla

I can assess the process skills better now that I have had the training this summer because I had first-hand experience in using those process skills during similar lessons this summer.

Image: flower for bulleted listRaeann Edwards-3rd grade, Fairbanks

The STEP training gave me a better understanding of the GLE’s and therefore, I was able to determine if they were being addressed.  It also helped me to be more analytical when observing and assessing the students. 
The training helped me to understand what the skills are and what to look for when assessing them.  The use of the rubric helped to organize and quantify the assessment.