Foster life-long teacher learning embedded in effective teaching practices and the science standards Science is a natural motivator and an academic engine for utilizing language, but it is the teacher who is the key to fostering the innate curiosity in each learner. Growing Language Through Science offers a model for contextualizing language and promoting academic success for all students, particularly English learners in the K-5 science classroom, through a highly effective approach that integrates inquiry-based science lessons with language rich hand-on experiences. You’ll find • A wealth of instructional tools to support and engage students, with links to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) • Presentation and assessment strategies that accommodate students’ diverse needs, while encouraging them to use communicative language, speaking, listening, reading, and writing • Ready-to-use templates and illustrations to enrich the textual discussion • Field-tested teaching strategies framed in the 5Es used in monolingual and bilingual classrooms • Reflection exercises that enhance teacher instructional decision making. Use this timely resource to build students’ science and language skills simultaneously – while helping them find the joy in learning. “This book is timely, informative, and accessible to the practitioner. As an administrator, I would love to use this resource with our staff as a way to generate dialogue around the NGSS and the implementation of science as the content for language arts integration.” — Thelma A. Davis, Principal Clark County School District, Las Vegas, NV “The book’s major strengths are taking multiple teaching strategies that are proven to be beneficial for English learners and putting them together in an easy to understand format, allowing the teacher a view of what a lesson should look like, as well as numerous, ready-made lessons to follow.” — Lyneille Meza, Coordinator of Data & Assessment? Denton ISD, Denton, TX
Chapter 2: Effective Science Teaching and Learning Bridging Research and Practice
Effective Science Teaching and Learning Bridging Research and Practice
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To teach is to learn twice.
Much has been written on the topic of “good teaching,” and specifically good science teaching. But what is good science teaching? Many find it hard to define or explain. Put simply, teaching is implementing a common map of instructional behaviors that contribute to student learning. In the 1970s and 1980s, lists of teaching behaviors were extensive and often included being clear and enthusiastic, engaging students in productive ways, using a variety of strategies and questions, and interacting with students (Brophy & Good, 1986; Rosenshine & Furst, 1971).
Decades later, Rosenshine (2012) compiled 10 instructional principles “that all teachers should know” (p. 12), principles ...