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.

Connect the Learning to Reach Students’ Lives
Connect the learning to reach students’ lives

The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's one who asks the right questions.

—Claude Lévi-Strauss, Le Cru et le cuit, 1964

What are some of the essential questions of science? What questions have been adequately answered, and what questions have yet to be answered? We suggest that you concentrate on science content and skills that students need to connect the learning quickly and easily to their lives. This is a two-part secret. First, the more you can engage your students in actively participating in their learning, the more they will learn and the more they will enjoy the learning. Second, as you advance their learning and your students become ...

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