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.

Collaborate with Colleagues to Expand Opportunities

Collaborate with colleagues to expand opportunities

Science is a collaborative effort; each scientific advance builds upon, and is dependent upon, the work of the many scientists who have broken the original ground and build the foundation.

—Institute for Neurological Research Web site on Alzheimer's Disease research (Independent Scientific Contributions, 2007)

Science is a collaborative effort, and so is science education. There are many opportunities to collaborate with colleagues. You may team with teachers in different content areas in your grade level, within the same department, with those at another school campus, and with instructional aides. These multiple layers of organization empower teachers in knowing their students and understanding their school day holistically, aligning their science plans and preparing their activities with other ...

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