Focused on teaching methods, Your Science Classroom: Becoming an Elementary / Middle School Science Teacher is a core textbook for use in elementary / middle school science methods courses. Designed around a practical, “practice-what-you teach” approach to methods instruction, the text is based on current constructivist philosophy and organized around 5E inquiry and guided by the National Science Education Teaching Standards. The text is purposely designed to prepare teachers to teach science in ways that foster positive attitudes and engagement in meaningful science learning for themselves and their students.

Classroom Teaching Practices: Questioning and Inquiry

Classroom Teaching Practices: Questioning and Inquiry

Classroom teaching practices: Questioning and inquiry

Learning Objectives

After reading Chapter 5, students will be able to

  • discuss and defend the use of wait times during questioning,
  • analyze the types of questions used in a science inquiry activity and determine the range of cognitive levels,
  • evaluate questions associated with a given science inquiry, and
  • summarize key characteristics of effective questioning.

Nses Teaching Standards Addressed in Chapter 5

Standard B: Teachers of science guide and facilitate learning. In doing this, teachers

  • focus and support inquiries while interacting with students;
  • orchestrate discourse among students about scientific ideas;
  • challenge students to accept and share responsibility for their own learning;
  • recognize and respond to student diversity and encourage all students to participate fully in science learning; and
  • encourage and model the skills of scientific inquiry ...
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