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Pearlman, Melanie – Science Teacher, 2019
Spices, of course, do not make a meal, but they make a meal more enjoyable and memorable. Games do the same, allowing teachers to interact with their students in a different way than they normally do. They also have the potential to challenge and assess students' understanding of content. Games allow teachers to "play" with their…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Educational Games, Teaching Methods, Course Content
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Fowler, Kelsie; Windschitl, Mark; Richards, Jennifer – Science Teacher, 2019
The ideas students bring to class and their perspectives on what is happening in the classroom change constantly. Keeping track of these changes is useful for adapting lessons, nurturing student self-reflection, increasing student ownership of learning, and building a teaching practice responsive to learners' needs. In this article, the authors…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Formative Evaluation, Thinking Skills, Teaching Methods
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Neilson, Drew; Campbell, Todd – Science Teacher, 2018
Science students should use mathematical and computational thinking to explain phenomena, but few examples of teachers engaging students in this important scientific practice have been found. This article describes a strategy for enhancing a lesson in which students use a mechanistic model to explain friction by adding mathematical and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Mathematics, Mathematical Concepts, Computation
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Dani, Danielle; Hallman-Thrasher, Allyson; Litchfield, Erin – Science Teacher, 2018
One way to probe students' misconceptions about science during instruction is by using formative assessments. Described as assessments "for" learning rather than assessments "of" learning (Black and Wiliam 1998), they provide teachers with information about student understanding during instruction. Examples of formative…
Descriptors: Cues, Writing (Composition), Teaching Methods, Scientific Concepts
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Dolenc, Nathan; Cohen, Jonathan – Science Teacher, 2018
A Rube Goldberg device is a complicated, yet comically involved machine that performs a simple task such as closing a door, watering a plant, or typing a key on a keyboard. Creating one is an open-ended activity that challenges students to use prior knowledge, resourcefulness, investigatory skills, and imagination. This reverse engineering…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Engineering, Energy
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Moeller, Kara; Friedman, Mark – Science Teacher, 2018
Evolution can be a difficult concept for students, even though it is an organizing principle in biology. It can also be a challenge for teachers to cover evolution properly (or at all) in the classroom, whether due to personal attitudes or lack of knowledge or confidence in the material (Rutledge and Mitchell 2002). Even in some states where…
Descriptors: Evolution, Science Instruction, Health, Biology