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.

Understand Standards to Develop Your Curriculum

Understand standards to develop your curriculum

The challenge for all of us who want to improve education is to create an educational system that exploits the natural curiosity of children, so that they maintain their motivation for learning not only through their school years but throughout life.

—National Research Council, Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards, 2000

Science has always been seen as a critical content area to include in education. Since Sputnik, however, it has become contested as scientists, educators, and policy makers argue over whether the purpose of secondary education should be to educate future scientists or to prepare all citizens to be scientifically literate. Such differences of opinion have prompted significant rhetoric and the development of various curricula. ...

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