The Mississippi EPSCoR provides a teacher workshop centered on teaching inquiry in middle school science classrooms. In 2013, the workshop was hosted at The Center for Mathematics and Science Education.
OXFORD, Miss. – More than a dozen north Mississippi middle school science teachers recently spent two weeks studying blood spatter and footprint evidence, but they weren’t helping search for a killer. Rather, they were looking for new ways to engage their students in the classroom.
The teachers attended a workshop at the University of Mississippi on using crime scene investigation strategies. Called Creative Sciences through Inquiry, aka CSI Mississippi, the program provides professional development for in-service teachers each year. This is the first time it has been hosted in north Mississippi.
“I have already uploaded four lesson plans from this course,” said Byhalia Middle School science teacher Kimberly Jackson. “Our children sometimes have problems with inquiry, and these activities will help them with that.”
Coordinated by the Mississippi Experimental Project to Stimulate Competitive Research, or Mississippi EPSCoR, and hosted by the UM Center for Mathematics and Science Education (CMSE), the course wrapped up June 14. For two weeks, 13 teachers put on lab coats to learn how to conduct various crime scene tests to implement in their own classrooms, including blood spatter, hair, footprint and fingerprint analyses…