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Kinslow, Andrew T.; Sadler, Troy D. – Science Teacher, 2018

Teaching socio-scientific issues (SSIs) allows students to explore science ideas and practices intertwined with complex social phenomena, which can promote significant growth in critical thinking. Sadler, Barab, and Scott (2007) suggested specific critical thinking competencies associated with the negotiation of SSIs that capture the complexities…

Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Critical Thinking, Scientific Concepts

Porat, Gilit; Kapon, Shulamit – Physics Teacher, 2018

Although the teaching of mechanics at advanced K12 levels often starts with a brief introduction to physical quantities and units, the nature and function of measurements in physics and their inherent uncertainty are hardly ever discussed. The laboratory is mainly used to illustrate the theoretical principles taught in class. This paper presents a…

Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Mechanics (Physics), High School Students

Hasio, Cindy; Chen, Wei – Art Education, 2018

In this era of rapid development in multimedia and technology, there is a growing awareness of the use of multiple semiotic resources in meaning-making (Fei, 2004). Music videos specifically harbor meaning within their semiotic features of visual communication. They also exert an enormous influence on the popularity of music (Fei, 2004). Music…

Descriptors: High School Students, Art Education, Music, Video Technology

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

Fernandez, Matias; Napier, Joseph; Hu, Feng Sheng; Heath, Katy; de Lafontaine, Guillaume; Hug, Barbara – Science Teacher, 2018

The practice of obtaining, interpreting, and contextualizing data across scientific disciplines is crucial to understanding the natural world. The authors developed the Teal Spruce sampling activity to encourage students to explore the reality of scientific data collection while also providing hands-on experience in interpreting and sharing…

Descriptors: Science Instruction, High School Students, Secondary School Science, Educational Games

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

Lin, Patricia A. – Social Studies, 2018

This article draws on current research in the areas of storytelling and social studies to present a practical, culturally responsive storytelling model for Grades 7-9 social studies teachers to use to better engage English Language Learners (ELLs). Integrating the proven effectiveness of storytelling from a scientific and social perspective, with…

Descriptors: Story Telling, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9

Miles, Rhea; Zambone, Alana – Science Teacher, 2017

Students who are blind or visually impaired (BVI), like all students, need to conduct scientific investigations that involve measurements and reading experimental procedures. Best instructional practices for BVI students include touch and hearing experiences. Related strategies and tools include electronic textbooks, assistive technologies such as…

Descriptors: Science Instruction, Blindness, Visual Impairments, Teaching Methods

Hochman, Judith C.; Wexler, Natalie – American Educator, 2017

Expository writing--the kind of writing that explains and informs--is essential for success in school and the workplace. Students who cannot write at a competent level struggle in college. With the advent of e-mail and the Internet, an increasing number of jobs require solid writing skills. No matter what path students choose in life, the ability…

Descriptors: Sentences, Sentence Structure, Teaching Methods, Writing Instruction

Rebholz, Joachim A. – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

Graphing functions is an important topic in algebra and precalculus high school courses. The functions that are usually discussed include polynomials, rational, exponential, and trigonometric functions along with their inverses. These functions can be used to teach different aspects of function theory: domain, range, monotonicity, inverse…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, High School Students, Secondary School Mathematics, Graphs

Nirode, Wayne – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

Since the 1970s, the Mathematical Association of America's (MAA) journals "Mathematics Magazine" and "College Mathematics Journal" have published "Proofs without Words" (PWWs) (Nelsen 1993). "PWWs are pictures or diagrams that help the reader see why a particular mathematical statement may be true and how one…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Logic, Validity, Secondary School Mathematics

Kirwan, J. Vince – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

Patterning tasks engage students in a core aspect of algebraic thinking-generalization (Kaput 2008). The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Algebra Standard states that students in grades 9-12 should "generalize patterns using explicitly defined and recursively defined functions" (NCTM 2000, p. 296). Although educators…

Descriptors: Visualization, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Algebra

McCulloch, Allison W.; Whitehead, Ashley; Lovett, Jennifer N.; Whitley, Blake – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

Context is what makes mathematical modeling tasks different from more traditional textbook word problems. Math problems are sometimes stripped of context as they are worked on. For modeling problems, however, context is important for making sense of the mathematics. The task should be brought back to its real-world context as often as possible. In…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Audio Equipment, Textbooks, Word Problems (Mathematics)

Czocher, Jennifer A.; Moss, Diana L. – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

Why are math modeling problems the source of such frustration for students and teachers? The conceptual understanding that students have when engaging with a math modeling problem varies greatly. They need opportunities to make their own assumptions and design the mathematics to fit these assumptions (CCSSI 2010). Making these assumptions is part…

Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction, High School Students

Richardson, Janessa; Bachman, Rachel M. – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

This article describes a preservice teacher's imaginative exploration of completing the square through a process of reasoning and sense making. She recounts historical perspectives and her own discoveries in the process of completing the square. Through this process of sense making, she engaged with the content standard of completing the square to…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematical Logic