BCF holds 2016 Fall Education Symposium

BCF teacher education students experiment with parachutes during the 2016 Fall Education Symposium.

BCF teacher education students experiment with parachutes during the 2016 Fall Education Symposium.

The Teacher Education Division at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville continues to receive accolades and awards for excellence and achievement. As part of the extraordinary education curriculum, education students at BCF recently attended a symposium focusing on inquiry learning called, “Putting the S in STEM: Creating Inquiry Lessons in Science.” The symposium featured Chipley High School Academic Analyst Becky Dickson as the conference presenter. Dickson is a former elementary science teacher with extensive training in inquiry learning and questioning techniques.

During the afternoon symposium, Dickson presented a science lesson to demonstrate the steps in preparing and presenting an inquiry based lesson, highlighting questioning techniques designed to promote critical thinking. BCF teacher education students had the opportunity to plan an experiment by creating the questions, identifying the variables, and developing a hypothesis. They were then able to plan the procedures, conduct the experiment, record data, and analyze the recorded data to develop a conclusion. The students’ experiment allowed them to build parachutes then measure and compare the time it took for the parachutes to drop with cargos of varying weight.

Assistant BCF Professor of Education Kaye Johnson stated that, “The event provided engaging activities and allowed students to learn new techniques for presenting lessons. Mrs. Dickson’s creative presentation gave each student an opportunity to collaborate with their peers and enjoy the learning process.”

The innovative Teacher Education Division at The Baptist College of Florida is proactive in training and equipping the leaders and teachers of tomorrow to take part in “Changing the World Through the Unchanging Word.®” To learn more about the state approved teacher education programs available at The Baptist College of Florida, please call 800.328.2660 or visit the website at www.baptistcollege.edu.