This book isn't just for new teachers! Even after years as a science teacher, this book gave me suggestions to use right away in my classroom.”

—Regina Brinker, Science Teacher

Christensen Middle School, Livermore, CA

Create a science classroom that fosters a creative learning community and leads to success!

From successfully setting up a classroom to achieving meaningful instruction, science teachers face a variety of challenges unique to their practice every day. This easy-to-read guide provides new and seasoned teachers with practical ideas, strategies, and insights to help address essential topics in effective science teaching, including emphasizing inquiry, building literacy, implementing technology, using a wide variety of science resources, and maintaining student safety.

Aligned with current science standards, this guide helps teachers streamline their efforts, organize their work, and set the stage for outstanding instruction and enthusiastic student participation. Other features include:

Practical examples, snapshots of moments in the history of science, and Web references; A compilation of professional development activities; Checklists to rate curricula and textbooks; Guidance on networking with colleagues and establishing relationships with families

By leveraging this book's rich resources, science teachers will discover how to turn their classrooms into thriving environments for learning.


Teaching science—what an awesome responsibility! How do teachers develop relationships with their students and cover the entire required curriculum? Where do they find all the materials and resources to engage students in inquiry learning? What do they do to create communities of learners who become active problem solvers? These are just a few of the many questions most science teachers ask themselves every day.

We have written this book to provide practical ideas, strategies, and insights to help you answer these questions. Secrets to Success for Science Teachers includes essential topics that teachers face, from setting up a science classroom and establishing routines to planning meaningful instruction and assessment, building literacy, integrating technology, using a plethora of science resources, establishing relationships with families, and networking ...

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