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.

Integrate Technology to Enrich Learning
Integrate technology to enrich learning

We should all be concerned about the future because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there.

—Charles Francis Kettering (1876–1958), Seed for Thought, 1949

With the increase in the use of school desktop and laptop computers, as well as handheld devices, teachers and students have additional venues for information and communication in the classroom. Technology is a wonderful way to facilitate student-centered learning. In addition, it may be used to promote twenty-first-century skills and enhance learning through research, exchanging ideas, collaboration, and productivity strategies and tools (Salpeter, 2003). Technology can also encourage student self-direction and higher-order thinking (Learning for the 21st Century, 2003).

On the other hand, technology can also be daunting: Which resources are ...

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