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Hard-to-Teach Biology Concepts, Revised 2nd Edition: Designing Instruction Aligned to the NGSS NSTA Press Book
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Hard-to-Teach Biology Concepts, Revised 2nd Edition: Designing Instruction Aligned to the NGSS
By: Susan Koba and Anne Tweed
Grade Level: High School
“This book does not contain a recipe to follow as you plan and deliver lessons. Nor is it a set of predesigned lessons for use in biology classrooms. Instead, it features both an instructional framework you can use as you plan and sets of research-based strategies and resources you can select from to help your students learn.”
—from the Introduction to Hard-to-Teach Biology Concepts, Revised 2nd Edition

You know it’s tough to...  [view full summary]
“This book does not contain a recipe to follow as you plan and deliver lessons. Nor is it a set of predesigned lessons for use in biology classrooms. Instead, it features both an instructional framework you can use as you plan and sets of research-based strategies and resources you can select from to help your students learn.”
—from the Introduction to Hard-to-Teach Biology Concepts, Revised 2nd Edition

You know it’s tough to convey some foundational biology concepts—and it’s even tougher when you’re adjusting to the Next Generation Science Standards. This thoroughly revised book is designed to support you as you plan and implement NGSS-aligned lessons that will engage students with biology concepts that many find especially challenging.

The book is organized into two parts that feature an instructional framework and resources that support framework implementation and is designed for both veteran teachers and newcomers to the classroom.

Part I, The Toolbox, introduces a research-based Instructional Planning Framework that helps you to understand the learning needs your students bring to class, incorporate appropriate teaching strategies, and interpret the framework and teaching tools through the lens of NGSS.

Part II, Toolbox Implementation, models use of the framework with four hard-to-teach topics, all different from the ones in the book’s first edition. Contributing authors show you how the framework helps teach the NGSS’s four disciplinary core ideas: growth and development of organisms, ecosystems, heredity, and biological evolution.

As the contributing authors make clear, the teaching models are specific and help to make student thinking visible, but they don’t presume to dictate what’s right for you. Rather, the book will open your mind to fresh, effective ways to help biology students deepen their conceptual understanding based on what works best for them and you in today’s classrooms.
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Reimagining the Science Department NSTA Press Book
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Reimagining the Science Department
By: Wayne Melville, Doug Jones, and Todd Campbell
Grade Level: High School, Middle School
What if you could change the department-level factors that don’t support teaching and learning? Explore answers to this fascinating question and many more with Reimagining the Science Department. In five thoughtful chapters, the book invites you to reassess past and current practices in science departments as you rethink the future for teachers and students in your own science classrooms. Although the text offers rich historical perspective,...  [view full summary]
What if you could change the department-level factors that don’t support teaching and learning? Explore answers to this fascinating question and many more with Reimagining the Science Department. In five thoughtful chapters, the book invites you to reassess past and current practices in science departments as you rethink the future for teachers and students in your own science classrooms. Although the text offers rich historical perspective, you’ll come away with sensible strategies—bolstered by practitioner vignettes and related research—that your entire department can put to work right away.

Reimagining the Science Department is a must-read resource for chairs and those who aspire to become chairs, but it’s also useful for school administrators and school board members who are committed to developing a department in which the practices of science are taught for the benefit of all students.
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The Power of Questioning: Guiding Student Investigations NSTA Press Book
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The Power of Questioning: Guiding Student Investigations
By: Julie V. McGough and Lisa M. Nyberg
Grade Level: Elementary School
This pedagogical picture book is a powerful tool in a small package.

The authors of The Power of Questioning invite you to nurture the potential for learning that grows out of children’s irrepressible urges to ask questions. The book’s foundation is a three-part instructional model, Powerful Practices, grounded in questioning, investigation, and assessment. To bring the model to life, the authors provide vivid pictures as well as links...  [view full summary]
This pedagogical picture book is a powerful tool in a small package.

The authors of The Power of Questioning invite you to nurture the potential for learning that grows out of children’s irrepressible urges to ask questions. The book’s foundation is a three-part instructional model, Powerful Practices, grounded in questioning, investigation, and assessment. To bring the model to life, the authors provide vivid pictures as well as links to special videos and audio recordings. You can actually hear teachers and students engage in questioning and watch two easy-to-adapt examples (involving plants and life cycles) of the model in action. Then, you can implement new strategies right away in your own classroom, regardless of grade or topic. Both you and your students will learn how to question effectively, making investigations more engaging. The book also illustrates how to integrate state standards, including the Next Generation Science Standards, the Common Core State Standards, and STEM education practices.

The Power of Questioning is a fresh, lively source of strategies both you and your students will enjoy. As the authors—both veteran educators—point out, the elementary science classroom is the perfect place to take advantage of natural curiosity as part of the learning process.
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The NSTA Quick-Reference Guide to the NGSS, K-12 NSTA Press Book
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The NSTA Quick-Reference Guide to the NGSS, K-12
Edited by: Ted Willard
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
Since the release of the first draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), NSTA has been at the forefront in promoting the standards and helping science educators become familiar with and learn to navigate this exciting but complex document. Later, when the final version was released and states began adopting the standards, NSTA started to develop resources that would assist educators with their implementation.

Along the...  [view full summary]
Since the release of the first draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), NSTA has been at the forefront in promoting the standards and helping science educators become familiar with and learn to navigate this exciting but complex document. Later, when the final version was released and states began adopting the standards, NSTA started to develop resources that would assist educators with their implementation.

Along the way, NSTA learned that even the simplest of resources, like a one-page cheat sheet, can be extremely useful. Many of those tools are collected here, including
• a two-page “cheat sheet” that describes the practices, core ideas, and crosscutting concepts that make up the three dimensions described in A Framework for K–12 Science Education;
• an “Inside the Box” graphic that spells out all of the individual sections of text that appear on a page of the NGSS;
• a Venn diagram comparing the practices in NGSS, Common Core State Standards, Mathematics, and Common Core State Standards, English Language Arts; and
• matrices showing how the NGSS are organized by topic and disciplinary core idea.

This guide also provides the appropriate performance expectations; disciplinary core ideas; practices; crosscutting concepts; connections to engineering, technology, and applications of science; and connections to nature of science. It is designed to be used with the NGSS.

The book’s emphasis is on easy. Find the parts of the standards most relevant to you, acquaint yourself with the format, and find out what each of the different parts means. The NSTA Quick-Reference Guides to the NGSS are also available in grade-specific versions—one each for elementary, middle, and high school. These Quick-Reference Guides are indispensable to science teachers at all levels, as well as to administrators, curriculum developers, and teacher educators.
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Exemplary STEM Programs: Designs for Success NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
Exemplary STEM Programs: Designs for Success
Edited by: Robert E. Yager and Herbert Brunkhorst
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
Everybody talks about STEM initiatives, but is anybody doing them effectively? This book’s answer is a resounding yes! It tells the inside stories of 24 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs that both connect with the Next Generation Science Standards and lead to successful student learning.

The featured programs make it clear that STEM education can work for all age levels and in a variety of settings—traditional...  [view full summary]
Everybody talks about STEM initiatives, but is anybody doing them effectively? This book’s answer is a resounding yes! It tells the inside stories of 24 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs that both connect with the Next Generation Science Standards and lead to successful student learning.

The featured programs make it clear that STEM education can work for all age levels and in a variety of settings—traditional classrooms, charter and magnet schools, informal education programs, and after-school and summer activities. A look at the chapter titles shows you the broad range of STEM-related subjects:

• STEM Starters: An Effective Model for Elementary Teachers and Students
• STEMRAYS: After-School STEM Research Clubs
• Urban STEM: Watch It Grow!
• Mission Biotech: Using Technology to Support Learner Engagement in STEM
• Mixed-Reality Labs: Combining Sensors and Simulations to Improve STEM Education
• A State STEM Initiative Takes Root and Blossoms
• Developing STEM Site-Based Teacher and Administrator Leadership

Whether you’re a teacher seeking fresh ideas, an administrator eager to learn what other schools do, or a district science coordinator charged with making professional development more effective, this creative collection offers the information and inspiration you need to make your own STEM programs exemplary.
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The BSCS 5E Instructional Model: Creating Teachable Moments NSTA Press Book
NSTA Press Book
The BSCS 5E Instructional Model: Creating Teachable Moments
By: Rodger W. Bybee
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
With this book, you can stop wishing you could engage your students more fully and start engaging. Magic moments no longer have to be random. The BSCS 5E Instructional Model can help you create more teachable moments in your classroom.

Created in the late 1980s by a team led by author Rodger Bybee, the popular BSCS 5E Instructional Model includes five phases: engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate. Bybee wrote this...  [view full summary]
With this book, you can stop wishing you could engage your students more fully and start engaging. Magic moments no longer have to be random. The BSCS 5E Instructional Model can help you create more teachable moments in your classroom.

Created in the late 1980s by a team led by author Rodger Bybee, the popular BSCS 5E Instructional Model includes five phases: engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate. Bybee wrote this book to be just as well organized and practical as the model itself. Much of it is devoted to an in-depth explanation of how to put the model to work in the classroom, but the book also

• explores the historical idea of what can be considered instructional models and education research that supports such models;
• explains how to connect the model to the Next Generation Science Standards, STEM education, 21st-century skills, and implementation in your classroom; and
• weaves a narrative that encompasses education research, the psychology of learning, and the reality of classroom practice.

Firmly rooted in research but brought to life in a conversational tone, The BSCS 5E Instructional Model addresses every teacher’s concern: how to become more effective in the classroom—and enjoy more of those teachable moments.
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Science Formative Assessment, Volume 2: 50 More Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning NSTA Press Book
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Science Formative Assessment, Volume 2: 50 More Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning
By: Page D. Keeley
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
A Copublication of Corwin Press and NSTA Press

Available October 2014

This book shows readers how to use assessment to inform instruction and learning in the science classroom. In the bestselling first volume, Page Keeley shared 75 techniques that help K-12 science teachers determine students' understanding of key concepts and design learning opportunities that will deepend students' mastery of content and standards....  [view full summary]
A Copublication of Corwin Press and NSTA Press

Available October 2014

This book shows readers how to use assessment to inform instruction and learning in the science classroom. In the bestselling first volume, Page Keeley shared 75 techniques that help K-12 science teachers determine students' understanding of key concepts and design learning opportunities that will deepend students' mastery of content and standards. Volume 2 will present 50 new strategies linked to the Next Generation Science Standards. These flexible assessments can be used with any science curriculum.

The assessments include:

-- a description of how each technique promotes student learning
-- considerations for design and implementation, such as required materials, timing, modeling the technique, and grouping students
-- modifications for different types of students or purposes
-- caveats for using each technique, and
-- ways the techniques can be used in other content areas.
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Engineering Essentials for STEM Instruction: How Do I Infuse Real-World Problem Solving into Science, Technology, and Math? NSTA Press Book
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Engineering Essentials for STEM Instruction: How Do I Infuse Real-World Problem Solving into Science, Technology, and Math?
By: Pamela Truesdell
Grade Level: Elementary School, Middle School
A Copublication of ASCD Arias and NSTA Press

Available April 2014

A straightforward look at how to begin addressing the “E” in STEM instruction in a way that’s engaging, motivating, and linked to key content, standards, and 21st century skills.

Are you looking for ways to incorporate rigorous problem solving in your classroom? Are you struggling with how to include the “E” in your STEM instruction? Here is...  [view full summary]
A Copublication of ASCD Arias and NSTA Press

Available April 2014

A straightforward look at how to begin addressing the “E” in STEM instruction in a way that’s engaging, motivating, and linked to key content, standards, and 21st century skills.

Are you looking for ways to incorporate rigorous problem solving in your classroom? Are you struggling with how to include the “E” in your STEM instruction? Here is where to start.

In this practical introduction to engineering for elementary through high school teachers, you’ll learn how to create effective engineering-infused lessons that break down the barriers between science, math, and technology instruction. Veteran teacher Pamela Truesdell highlights engineering’s connection to 21st century skills and college and career readiness, addresses the Next Generation Science Standards, and walks you through each step of the simple but powerful engineering design process. This is the essential tool of professional engineers and the key to engaging students in hands-on, collaborative projects that ask them to apply content area knowledge to find solutions for real-world problems. A sample lesson, links to additional resources, and guidelines for assessment ensure you’ll have the essentials you need to kick off your students’ exploration of engineering.
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Science Stories You Can Count On: 51 Case Studies With Quantitative Reasoning in Biology NSTA Press Book
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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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What Are They Thinking? Promoting Elementary Learning Through Formative Assessment NSTA Press Book
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What Are They Thinking? Promoting Elementary Learning Through Formative Assessment
By: Page Keeley
Grade Level: Elementary School
“Children are continually developing ideas and explanations about their natural world. … Some of these ideas are consistent with the science children are taught; others differ significantly from scientific explanations. Many of these ideas will follow students into adulthood if they remain hidden from the teacher and unresolved. The challenge for teachers is to find ways to elicit these ideas and then use appropriate strategies to move students’ learning...  [view full summary]
“Children are continually developing ideas and explanations about their natural world. … Some of these ideas are consistent with the science children are taught; others differ significantly from scientific explanations. Many of these ideas will follow students into adulthood if they remain hidden from the teacher and unresolved. The challenge for teachers is to find ways to elicit these ideas and then use appropriate strategies to move students’ learning forward.”
—Page Keeley, author of the bestselling NSTA Press series
Uncovering Student Ideas in Science

You don’t have to become a mind reader to understand the ideas young students bring to science class. This collection will help you draw out and then recognize what students know—or think they know—about the natural world. What Are They Thinking? is a compendium of 30 “Formative Assessment Probes” columns from NSTA’s elementary journal Science and Children. Each chapter provides:

A sample formative assessment probe: a set of interesting questions that root out commonly held, often-mistaken ideas. Geared to elementary students, probe topics range from why you can see the Moon in the daytime to where water goes when it evaporates to what is or isn’t a rock. Your students’ answers to each probe will help you take a step back and figure out how to guide them from where they are conceptually to where they need to be.
Accompanying teacher notes: easy-to-grasp explanations and advice that tell you how to encourage evidence-based discussion and then monitor students’ understanding.
A bonus feature: a set of study group questions written especially for this compendium by award-winning author Page Keeley.

So forget about acquiring psychic powers. Instead, turn to What Are They Thinking? to transform both your teaching and your students’ learning about science.
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