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.

Know Your Students to Support Science Achievement
Know your students to support science achievement

We especially need imagination in science. Question everything.

—Maria Mitchell (1818–1889), first professional woman astronomer and discoverer of Mitchell's Comet in 1847

At this point you have developed a curriculum plan or blueprint for the entire school year. You have accounted for all the major topics and issues identified in the state standards and academic frameworks along with the school district curricular guidelines. You have met with your colleagues and organized yourself around the grading periods and testing dates. You have checked the school calendar to include major school events so that your plan fits into your students’ schedules. You have previewed the textbooks and supplementary teaching materials. Now it is time to consider ...

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