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Stewart, Lauren; Ross, Donna; Elliot, Kimberly – Science Teacher, 2019
This paper highlights learning supports associated with genetics lessons that were implemented in a urban high school biology classroom. The supports provided access to science content for ELLs [English language learners], students with IEPs [individualized education programs], and struggling readers during an introductory unit on genetics. Due to…
Descriptors: Genetics, Science Instruction, Urban Schools, Secondary School Science
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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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Chao, Jie; Xie, Charles; Massicotte, Joyce; Schimpf, Corey; Lockwood, Jeff; Huang, Xudong; Beaulieu, Craig – Science Teacher, 2018
As solar energy becomes increasingly affordable, many schools are considering installing new solar power systems. In this article, the authors present Solarize Your School, an engineering project that gives students the opportunity to design and evaluate solar power solutions for their own schools. This STEM project requires students to learn and…
Descriptors: Energy, Natural Resources, STEM Education, Student Projects
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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
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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
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Januszyk, Rita; Miller, Emily C.; Lee, Okhee – Science Teacher, 2016
While student demographics continue to change nationwide, science achievement gaps persist, as measured by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NCES 2012). As traditional racial and ethnic minority students have become the numeric majority (NCES 2013), teaching science for all increasingly means addressing diverse student populations.…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Education, Science Teachers, Student Diversity
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Canipe, Martha; Tolbert, Sara – Science Teacher, 2016
As institutions, science and science education alike have rarely included the perspectives and contributions of indigenous peoples pertaining to the natural world. Yet, people worldwide have benefited from the traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous communities. Western science and technology, though broadly worthwhile, have been a source…
Descriptors: Science Education, Climate, Indigenous Knowledge, Ecology
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Hansen, Holly; Alderman, Helen Christine – Science Teacher, 2016
The goal of the Family Science Night (FSN) described in this article was to involve culturally and linguistically diverse families in school life so that students would be more vocal, successful, and interactive in science class. The project would also demonstrate to the students that their teacher valued their input in the classroom. The setting…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Education, Science Activities, Science Curriculum
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Colson, Mary; Colson, Russ – Science Teacher, 2016
Mary Colson is an eighth-grade Earth science teacher at Horizon Middle School, and Russ Colson is a professor of geology and Earth science education in the Department of Anthropology and Earth Science at Minnesota State University Moorhead, both in Moorhead, Minnesota. Since her first year in teaching eighth grade Earth science, in 1986,…
Descriptors: Grade 8, Earth Science, Lesson Plans, Questioning Techniques
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Ellingson, Charlene; Roehrig, Gillian; Bakkum, Kris; Dubinsky, Janet M. – Science Teacher, 2016
This article introduces the Critical Response Protocol (CRP), an arts-based technique that engages students in equitable critical discourse and aligns with the "Next Generation Science Standards" vision for providing students opportunities for language learning while advancing science learning (NGSS Lead States 2013). CRP helps teachers…
Descriptors: Physical Sciences, Grade 9, Course Descriptions, Lesson Plans
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Kucan, Linda; Boliha, Juanita – Science Teacher, 2016
Education in science and engineering should develop students' ability to read and write domain-specific texts (NRC 2012). Unfortunately, "science teachers are not generally well prepared to help their students penetrate the linguistic puzzles that science texts present" (Snow 2010, p. 452). Thus, Juanita Boliha (a biology teacher) and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Grade 9, Biology, Literacy
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Wright, Katherine; Eslami, Zohreh; McTigue, Erin; Reynolds, Dudley – Science Teacher, 2015
Studies evaluating the graphics in science textbooks have recommended that teachers use eye-catching visuals to reinforce student learning objectives. Similarly, the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States 2013) suggest that science teachers use visuals to teach English Language Learners (ELLs). However, little research has…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Computer Graphics, Standards, Teaching Methods
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Philippof, Joanna; Seraphin, Kanesa Duncan; Seki, Jennifer; Kaupp, Lauren – Science Teacher, 2015
The periodic table does more than provide information about the elements. The periodic table also helps us make predictions about how the elements behave. Understanding the atomic structure of matter and periodic properties of the elements, as shown in the periodic table, is fundamental to many scientific disciplines. Unfortunately, high school…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, High School Students
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Razzouk, Rabieh; Dyehouse, Melissa; Santone, Adam; Carr, Ronald – Science Teacher, 2014
Teachers typically teach subjects separately, but integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curriculums that focus on real-world practices are gaining momentum (NAE and NRC 2009). Before release of the "Next Generation of Science Standards" ("NGSS") (NGSS Lead States 2013), 36 states already had a…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Pollution, Science Instruction, Standards
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Luft, Julie A.; Nixon, Ryan S.; Dubois, Shannon L.; Campbell, Benjamin K. – Science Teacher, 2014
New teachers are common in the teaching workforce (Ingersoll and Merrill 2012). All new teachers will learn about the school curriculum and school policies in their first years. New science teachers, however, need to attend to the "Next Generation of Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States 2013) as they build their instruction and knowledge…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Beginning Teachers, Beginning Teacher Induction, Science Instruction
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