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.

Plan with Students in Mind to Prepare Your Teaching
Plan with students in mind to prepare your teaching

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.

—Albert Einstein (1879–1955)

The best approach to use when planning your science curriculum, instruction, and assessments is to find connections that are relevant to your students. Unfortunately, many students do not feel positive about science when they come to school. They think it is too difficult, or too abstract, or too disconnected from their everyday lives. Your challenge is to develop your curricular content, design your instructional practices, and align your authentic assessments so the learning is captivating and meaningful in ways that are pertinent to them on a personal level. The ...

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