ERIC Number: ED512279
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
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What Successful Science Teachers Do: 75 Research-Based Strategies
Glasgow, Neal A.; Cheyne, Michele; Yerrick, Randy K.
The experience and science expertise of these award-winning authors makes this easy-to-use guide a teacher's treasure trove. This latest edition to the popular What Successful Teachers Do series describes 75 research-based strategies and outlines best practices for inquiry-oriented science. Each strategy includes a brief description of the supporting research, classroom applications, pitfalls to avoid, and source citations for additional learning. Teachers of students in Grades K-12 will find a host of novel ways to engage children's natural curiosity, concern, and creativity in science learning. Highlights include how to: (1) Promote collaborative learning; (2) Use formative assessment to engage students in content and instruction; (3) Develop culturally responsive practices that invite contributions from diverse students; (4) Build students' scientific literacy and reasoning skills; and (5) Incorporate students' Internet skills into their studies. This book is divided into four parts. Part I, General Science Instruction, includes: (1) Encourage Students to Become More Involved and Interested in Science; (2) Guide Students to Engage in Science-Appropriate Discourse; (3) Utilize Graphic Organizers in Your Classroom; (4) Increase Depth of Coverage to Improve Student Learning; (5) Foster Self-Efficacy and Motivation in Your Students; (6) Challenge Your Students With Different Levels of Questioning; (7) Try Using the 5E Instructional Model; (8) Support Your Students to Engage Effectively in Disciplinary Argumentation; (9) Utilize Mind Mapping to Improve Student Achievement; (10) Test Students' Ideas to Facilitate Reasoning Skills; (11) Create an Emotionally Positive Science Classroom Environment; (12) Engage Students Who Have a History of Poor School Achievement; and (13) Include Students With Special Needs in Student-Centered Instruction. Part II, Scientific Inquiry and Laboratory Experience, includes: (1) Engage Your Students in Inquiry-Based Science; (2) Teach Model-Based Inquiry Over the Scientific Method; (3) Use Problem-Based Learning to Introduce Students to Inquiry-Based Science; (4) Implement Inquiry-Based Instruction in Low-Track Classes; (5) Attain Educational Goals Through Laboratory Experiences; (6) Convert Traditional Labs to Inquiry-Based Activities; and (7) Align the Goals of Dissection to the Curriculum. Part III, Collaborative Teaching and Learning, includes: (1) Fine-Tune Collaborative Student Relationships With the Socratic Seminar; (2) Teach Your Students Collaborative Strategies and Skills; (3) Utilize Formal Cooperative Learning Methods in the Classroom; (4) Introduce Students to Constructive, Cooperative, and Academic Controversy; and (5) Communicate Beyond the Classroom by Using Electronic Pen Pals. Part IV, Utilizing Technology for the Classroom and Professional Development, includes: (1) Add Technological Tools to Your Students' Learning; (2) Put Your Students' Internet Skills to Use in the Classroom; (3) Use Technology to Accommodate Students' Different Learning Styles; (4) Give Students Opportunities to Use Media Production for Classwork; (5) Incorporate Mobile Technology into Student Assignments; and (6) Model Inquiry With Students Using Limited Resources. Foreword (Page Keeley), Preface, Acknowledgments, About the Authors and Introduction are also included.
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Scientific Methodology, Formative Evaluation, Cooperative Learning, Science Achievement, Science Activities, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Educational Strategies, Educational Research, Inquiry, Culturally Relevant Education, Scientific Literacy, Thinking Skills, Internet, Instructional Materials, Student Motivation, Questioning Techniques, Persuasive Discourse, Classroom Environment, Low Achievement, Special Needs Students, Science Laboratories, Computer Mediated Communication, Educational Technology, Cognitive Style, Handheld Devices
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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