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.

Reflect on Your Practice to Fortify Your Future
Reflect on your practice to fortify your future

The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time.

—Abraham Lincoln(1809–1865)

You have your entire teaching career stretching out in front of you. Start by taking an honest inventory of your own knowledge, skills, and dispositions. Assess your competence, confidence, and readiness related to all of your responsibilities as well as your aspirations. Set some realistic goals and then take the essential steps to put your goals into motion. Enjoy the journey. And be sure to pace yourself: your goals may be ambitious and you don't want to burn out. The secret is to balance what you think you need to do with want you ...

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