“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.
Seek Powerful Activities to Engage Learners
The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.
Teaching science is both exhilarating and exhausting! You are tackling challenging content knowledge that includes depth, breadth, and diversity with an audience of diverse students. Plus, it changes every day. We encourage you to look for ways that make your classes active and engaging. A central component of all of these endeavors is making science real, and extending it beyond your classroom and the textbook. In addition to all of the strategies, resources, and Web sites shared with you in previous chapters, this ...