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PrISM Curriculum


K-8 Teachers:

You will need to take six courses in all for a total of 12 semester or 18 quarter credits. You will find that nearly all of the PrISM courses are either 3 quarter hour credits (public universities) or 2 semester hour credits (independent colleges/universities). Yes, you may "mix-and-match" courses between the seven participating universities. You should check with the PrISM advisor at your chosen "home institution" for more specific advising.

Most students will take one introductory course, three courses focused on either mathematics or science content, one integrated practice course, and one capstone course. Together these courses will:

  • Increase your confidence in teaching math and science
  • Help you develop concrete lessons tied to Oregon standards
  • Build your capacity in basic math and science content
  • Help your students design science investigations
  • Enable your students to think mathematically

Course Organization and Design

PrISM courses are based on the following four themes. Different courses may emphasize different themes, but a brief overview of the four themes is embedded in all courses.

  • Learning Through and About Where You Live
    Also called "place-based education," the idea is that children learn best when their learning directly relates to their lives - especially in their local communities. To "learn through and about where you live" is both a means and end in education: a "means" in terms of increasing motivation by attending to context; an "end" in terms of promoting civic responsibility and personal identity.
  • Learning Mathematics and Science Together and with Other Subjects
    We live our lives through experiences that require us to bring to bear many different kinds of knowledge and skills. Learning mathematics and science in an integrated way throughout the school day also helps make learning more meaningfully connected to students' lives and communities.
  • Learning the Languages of Communicating and Thinking
    Being literate in today's world certainly means learning languages for communicating with each other by developing the ability to communicate by talking, reading, writing, listening, and critiquing media. But it also means learning languages for thinking. We all need to learn to think symbolically, or experimentally, or historically to understand and solve the problems of our world. Learning mathematics or science involves also learning to be literate in the ideas, symbols, representations, and processes that generate new learning within those subjects.
  • Learning with Energy, Awe and Purpose

    Learning should engage, excite, and awe. In all areas of learning, students need learning to excite them and enable them to explore and investigate their own ideas. Inspiration in science and mathematics can motivate students to continue to problem solve and inquire throughout their lives.

PrISM Pathways

PrISM includes a developmental sequence of courses that will lead to a PrISM Certificate. Teachers who complete the certificate might go on to acquire existing or proposed additional endorsements.

The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education through the Fund for Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE). However, the contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. PrISM Oregon is managed by The Teaching Research Institute, Western Oregon University.
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