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Teaching Practices That Matter in Middle School Science

Teaching Practices That Matter in Middle School Science

Teaching practices that matter in middle school science
ChristopherHarris and RonaldMarx

During middle school many students lose interest in science. Christopher Harris and Ronald Marx describe techniques that can help teachers create engaging and meaningful science experiences for these students.

The middle grade years are a critical time for engaging students in learning science. Yet the way science is often taught during these years leaves many students bored and struggling to find relevance and meaning in their science classroom experiences. Educational research shows a steep decline in science interest and achievement among middle grade students. A challenge facing educators is to find new ways of teaching science that are engaging, relevant, and meaningful for students.

In this chapter, we describe a ...

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