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Nutrition: Grades 9-12 SciGuide
SciGuide
Nutrition: Grades 9-12
Grade Level: College, High School, Informal Education, Middle School
SciGuides are a collection of thematically aligned lesson plans, simulations, and web-based resources for teachers to use with their students centered on standards-aligned science concepts. This SciGuide was co-developed between FDA and NSTA.

Nutrition can be defined quite simply as the science of how the body uses food. But what is food? How does food transform into substances that nourish the body? What do those substances do, and what...  [view full summary]
SciGuides are a collection of thematically aligned lesson plans, simulations, and web-based resources for teachers to use with their students centered on standards-aligned science concepts. This SciGuide was co-developed between FDA and NSTA.

Nutrition can be defined quite simply as the science of how the body uses food. But what is food? How does food transform into substances that nourish the body? What do those substances do, and what foods provide them? And how do we make informed food choices to sustain life?
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Science Stories You Can Count On: 51 Case Studies With Quantitative Reasoning in Biology NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
Science Stories You Can Count On: 51 Case Studies With Quantitative Reasoning in Biology
By: Clyde Freeman Herreid, Nancy A. Schiller, and Ky F. Herreid
Grade Level: College
“Using real stories with quantitative reasoning skills enmeshed in the story line is a powerful and logical way to teach biology and show its relevance to the lives of future citizens, regardless of whether they are science specialists or laypeople.”
—from the introduction to Science Stories You Can Count On

This book can make you a marvel of classroom multitasking. First, it helps you achieve a serious goal: to blend 12 areas...  [view full summary]
“Using real stories with quantitative reasoning skills enmeshed in the story line is a powerful and logical way to teach biology and show its relevance to the lives of future citizens, regardless of whether they are science specialists or laypeople.”
—from the introduction to Science Stories You Can Count On

This book can make you a marvel of classroom multitasking. First, it helps you achieve a serious goal: to blend 12 areas of general biology with quantitative reasoning in ways that will make your students better at evaluating product claims and news reports. Second, its 51 case studies are a great way to get students engaged in science. Who wouldn’t be glad to skip the lecture and instead delve into investigating cases with titles like these:

• “A Can of Bull? Do Energy Drinks Really Provide a Source of Energy?”
• “ELVIS Meltdown! Microbiology Concepts of Culture, Growth, and Metabolism”
• “The Case of the Druid Dracula”
• “As the Worm Turns: Speciation and the Maggot Fly”
• “The Dead Zone: Ecology and Oceanography in the Gulf of Mexico”

Long-time pioneers in the use of educational case studies, the authors have written two other popular NSTA Press books: Start With a Story (2007) and Science Stories: Using Case Studies to Teach Critical Thinking (2012). Science Stories You Can Count On is easy to use with both biology majors and nonscience students. The cases are clearly written and provide detailed teaching notes and answer keys on a coordinating website. You can count on this book to help you promote scientific and data literacy in ways to prepare students to reason quantitatively and, as the authors write, “to be astute enough to demand to see the evidence.”
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Innovative Techniques for Large-Group Instruction NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
Innovative Techniques for Large-Group Instruction
Grade Level: College
Size does matter. When you're faced with a class of 50, 150, or even 250 college students, it's tough to head off boredom - much less promote higher-order thinking and inquiry skills. But it's not impossible, thanks to the professor-tested techniques in this collection of 14 articles from the Journal of College Science Teaching.

The book starts by examining what research shows about the effectiveness of popular teaching...  [view full summary]
Size does matter. When you're faced with a class of 50, 150, or even 250 college students, it's tough to head off boredom - much less promote higher-order thinking and inquiry skills. But it's not impossible, thanks to the professor-tested techniques in this collection of 14 articles from the Journal of College Science Teaching.

The book starts by examining what research shows about the effectiveness of popular teaching styles. (Surprise: Lectures don't stimulate active learning.) From there, the authors offer proven alternatives that range from small-scale innovations to completely revamped teaching methods. Suggested strategies include using quizzes in place of midterms and finals, student forums, interactive lectures, collaborative groups, group facilitators, and e-mail and computer technology.

The contributors write in first person, making the book as readable as it is practical. One of the most thought-provoking chapters is called, "Are We Cultivating Couch Potatoes in Our College Science Lectures?" With this book's help, you can answer that question with a definitive no.
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Climate Change From Pole to Pole: Biology Investigations

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NSTA Press Book
Climate Change From Pole to Pole: Biology Investigations
By: Juanita Constible, Luke Sandro, and Richard E. Lee, Jr.
Grade Level: College, High School
Climate Change From Pole to Pole: Biology Investigations offers timely, relevant, biology-based case studies and background information on how to teach the science of climate change. The six painstakingly researched and field-tested activities, which build on four content chapters, give students the opportunity to solve real-life scientific problems using guiding questions, graphs and data tables, short reading assignments, and independent...  [view full summary]
Climate Change From Pole to Pole: Biology Investigations offers timely, relevant, biology-based case studies and background information on how to teach the science of climate change. The six painstakingly researched and field-tested activities, which build on four content chapters, give students the opportunity to solve real-life scientific problems using guiding questions, graphs and data tables, short reading assignments, and independent research.

This volume provides an authentic and rigorous way to engage students in science and environmental issues—scientific methods, evidence, climate, and biological effects of climate change—and is a unique and essential resource for your high school or college-level classroom.
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Innovative Techniques for Large-Group Instruction NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
Innovative Techniques for Large-Group Instruction
Grade Level: College
Size does matter. When you're faced with a class of 50, 150, or even 250 college students, it's tough to head off boredom - much less promote higher-order thinking and inquiry skills. But it's not impossible, thanks to the professor-tested techniques in this collection of 14 articles from the Journal of College Science Teaching.

The book starts by examining what research shows about the effectiveness of popular teaching...  [view full summary]
Size does matter. When you're faced with a class of 50, 150, or even 250 college students, it's tough to head off boredom - much less promote higher-order thinking and inquiry skills. But it's not impossible, thanks to the professor-tested techniques in this collection of 14 articles from the Journal of College Science Teaching.

The book starts by examining what research shows about the effectiveness of popular teaching styles. (Surprise: Lectures don't stimulate active learning.) From there, the authors offer proven alternatives that range from small-scale innovations to completely revamped teaching methods. Suggested strategies include using quizzes in place of midterms and finals, student forums, interactive lectures, collaborative groups, group facilitators, and e-mail and computer technology.

The contributors write in first person, making the book as readable as it is practical. One of the most thought-provoking chapters is called, "Are We Cultivating Couch Potatoes in Our College Science Lectures?" With this book's help, you can answer that question with a definitive no.
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Science Education Leadership: Best Practices for the New Century NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
Science Education Leadership: Best Practices for the New Century
Grade Level: College, Elementary School, High School, Middle School
Achieving science literacy for every student is the common goal of all science educators. It requires leaders from a broad spectrum of the science education field to band together and clearly define how to achieve this goal and provide the tools for getting there. The authors of the essays in Science Education Leadership: Best Practices for the New Century make a compelling case for the importance of these leaders to forge a coalition and...  [view full summary]
Achieving science literacy for every student is the common goal of all science educators. It requires leaders from a broad spectrum of the science education field to band together and clearly define how to achieve this goal and provide the tools for getting there. The authors of the essays in Science Education Leadership: Best Practices for the New Century make a compelling case for the importance of these leaders to forge a coalition and address issues of science education. They outline practical approaches needed for laying the foundation on which science education leaders at all levels can work together to develop a more science literate world. As such, this book will be invaluable to those who want to broaden the scope of their leadership roles.

The book shares the research, ideas, insights, and experiences of individuals representing a wide array of constituent groups, ranging from science teachers to science supervisors to university personnel to those who work for agencies representing the science education field. The chapters are organized around five themes:

• The Science Education Challenge: Redefining Science Education Leadership for the 21st Century

• School and District Science Leadership for Building Instructional Capacity

• Science Education Leadership: Rationale, Strategy, and Impact

• School Improvement Processes and Practices: Professional Learning Communities

• Leadership that Engages the Public Understanding of Science

Science Education Leadership captures the best thinking and best practices for science education leaders. Science educators can use it to vitalize their work.

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Science Stories: Using Case Studies to Teach Critical Thinking NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
Science Stories: Using Case Studies to Teach Critical Thinking
By: Clyde Freeman Herreid, Nancy A. Schiller, and Ky F. Herreid
Grade Level: College
Stories give life and substance to scientific methods and provide an inside look at scientists in action. Case studies deepen scientific understanding, sharpen critical-thinking skills, and help students see how science relates to their lives. In Science Stories, Clyde Freeman Herreid, Nancy Schiller, and Ky Herreid have organized case studies into categories such as historical cases, science and the media, and ethics and the scientific process....  [view full summary]
Stories give life and substance to scientific methods and provide an inside look at scientists in action. Case studies deepen scientific understanding, sharpen critical-thinking skills, and help students see how science relates to their lives. In Science Stories, Clyde Freeman Herreid, Nancy Schiller, and Ky Herreid have organized case studies into categories such as historical cases, science and the media, and ethics and the scientific process. Each case study comprises a story, classroom discussion questions, teaching notes and background information, objectives, and common misconceptions about the topic, as well as helpful references. College-level educators and high school teachers will find that this compilation of case studies will allow students to make connections between the classroom and everyday life. Science Stories is sure to make science engaging and enlightening for both students and teachers.
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College Science Teachers Guide to Assessment NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
College Science Teachers Guide to Assessment
Edited by: Thomas R. Lord, Donald P. French, and Linda W. Crow
Grade Level: College
What is assessment?
How do you assess your students’ progress?
How do they assess themselves and their peers?
How do you assess the effectiveness of your own teaching?

College Science Teachers Guide to Assessment provides busy professors with a quick reference for promoting student reflection after exams, encouraging student-led teaching models, and looking at exam corrections from both instructor and student...  [view full summary]
What is assessment?
How do you assess your students’ progress?
How do they assess themselves and their peers?
How do you assess the effectiveness of your own teaching?

College Science Teachers Guide to Assessment provides busy professors with a quick reference for promoting student reflection after exams, encouraging student-led teaching models, and looking at exam corrections from both instructor and student perspectives.

This guide is divided into four sections, comprising 28 peer-reviewed chapters, and covers general assessment topics (such as validation of survey instruments) and traditional and alternative assessment techniques in both science and science education classrooms. A series of how-to assessment practices that have been successfully utilized in the field and practical tips to enhance assessment in the college science classroom are also included.

For college science professors, this handy reference will help you:

• Use multiple choice questions to assess comprehension and expose faulty thinking
• Gain an intrinsic understanding of assessment techniques in a variety of settings, including the laboratory, online classes, and large undergraduate science courses
• Learn ways to teach assessment techniques to preservice teachers
• Explore alternative assessment techniques such as electronic portfolios, scientific posters, and Wetscience
• Realize the value of peer assessment, student reflection, exam corrections as a means of assessment, and student-led teaching models
• Avoid the practices that jeopardize meaningful student assessment
• Determine sensible and fair ways of assessing students


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Teaching Science in the Two-Year College: An NSTA Press Journals Collection NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
Teaching Science in the Two-Year College: An NSTA Press Journals Collection
Grade Level: College
Two-year colleges are critical to science education’s future—in fact, some data indicate that half of future science teachers will take their first years of science at a two-year school. To address the unique challenges of this special setting, Teaching Science in the Two-Year College presents 24 articles featuring the most useful and relevant insights and advice from NSTA’s Journal of College Science Teaching. The collection is divided into...  [view full summary]
Two-year colleges are critical to science education’s future—in fact, some data indicate that half of future science teachers will take their first years of science at a two-year school. To address the unique challenges of this special setting, Teaching Science in the Two-Year College presents 24 articles featuring the most useful and relevant insights and advice from NSTA’s Journal of College Science Teaching. The collection is divided into four sections, all written from the two-year college perspective:

•An Overview of the Uniqueness of Teaching Science in a Two-Year College examines the isolation faculty members experience, the science anxiety many students feel, the special issues of part-time faculty, staffing crises, and the value of forming a partnership with the counseling department.

•Curricular Issues includes the importance of the National Science Education Standards; fresh approaches to designing courses for nonscience majors; key methodological and content-oriented ingredients; teaching strategies for adult learners; and case studies about a community-oriented science-learning activity and an integrated science course for nonscience majors.

•Teaching Strategies covers the hazards of lecture courses, the challenges and rewards of student-centered instruction, and case studies for teaching everything from biology to the value of science.

•Using Information and Communication Technologies looks at computerized quizzes in the classroom and developing, adapting, and evaluating distance learning for science students.
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Favorite Demonstrations for College Science NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
Favorite Demonstrations for College Science
Grade Level: College
Peer-reviewed, classroom-tested, and tailored specifically for introductory science courses, Favorite Demonstrations is an essential complement to every college instructor’s lesson plans.

The book is an all-in-one compilation of 36 popular classroom demonstrations published since 1993 in the “Favorite Demonstration” column of NSTA’s Journal of College Science Teaching.

The collection begins with a chapter...  [view full summary]
Peer-reviewed, classroom-tested, and tailored specifically for introductory science courses, Favorite Demonstrations is an essential complement to every college instructor’s lesson plans.

The book is an all-in-one compilation of 36 popular classroom demonstrations published since 1993 in the “Favorite Demonstration” column of NSTA’s Journal of College Science Teaching.

The collection begins with a chapter on safety, “The Rules of Research.” From there, chapters emphasize conveying scientific principles while making them memorable. The demonstrations cover general science, biology, chemistry, Earth science, and physics while many illustrate the interdisciplinary nature of science by showing how the various subjects contribute to each other’s knowledge base. Most are simple to prepare; use low-cost, readily available materials; and can be repeated throughout the day for back-to-back classes.
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