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Exemplary Science in Grades 5-8: Standards-Based Success Stories (e-book) e-book
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Exemplary Science in Grades 5-8: Standards-Based Success Stories (e-book)
Grade Level: Elementary School, Middle School
Do the Standards really matter in middle school? Nine years after the National Science Education Standards’ release, just how well do science teachers in grades 5 to 8 actually use them to plan content, define improved teaching, and assess real learning? Find out the answers to these key questions in this groundbreaking collection of 15 essays by teachers, researchers, and professors whose specialty is middle school. Nine years after the release of...  [view full summary]
Do the Standards really matter in middle school? Nine years after the National Science Education Standards’ release, just how well do science teachers in grades 5 to 8 actually use them to plan content, define improved teaching, and assess real learning? Find out the answers to these key questions in this groundbreaking collection of 15 essays by teachers, researchers, and professors whose specialty is middle school. Nine years after the release of the Standards, these educators describe what they’re doing to achieve the visions for the reform of teaching, assessment, professional development, and content. All the visions correspond to the Less Emphasis and More Emphasis conditions that conclude each section of the Standards, characterizing what most teachers and programs should do less of as well as describing the changes needed if real reform is to occur.

Among this collection’s wide-ranging essay topics: “Teaching Science With Student Thinking in Mind,” “The Relationship Between a Professional Development Model and Student Achievement,” “Creating a Classroom Culture of Scientific Practices,” “Traveling the Inquiry Continuum: Learning Through Teacher Action Research,” “What Do We Get to Do Today? The Middle School Full Option Science System Program,” and “Teach Them to Fish.” This volume is the third in NSTA Press’s Exemplary Science monograph series, which provides the results of an unprecedented national search to assess how well the Standards’ vision has been realized.
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Exemplary Science in Grades 9-12: Standards-Based Success Stories (e-book) e-book
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Exemplary Science in Grades 9-12: Standards-Based Success Stories (e-book)
Grade Level: High School
In this collection of 15 essays, educators describe successful programs they’ve developed to fulfill the National Science Education Standards’ vision for the reform of teaching, assessment, professional development, and content at the high school level. All the visions correspond with the Less Emphasis and More Emphasis conditions that conclude each section of the Standards, characterizing what most teachers and programs should do less of as well...  [view full summary]
In this collection of 15 essays, educators describe successful programs they’ve developed to fulfill the National Science Education Standards’ vision for the reform of teaching, assessment, professional development, and content at the high school level. All the visions correspond with the Less Emphasis and More Emphasis conditions that conclude each section of the Standards, characterizing what most teachers and programs should do less of as well as describing the changes needed if real reform is to occur.

Essay titles reveal the range of programs—and creativity—this book encompasses. Among the titles are “Technology and Cooperative Learning: The IIT Model for Teaching Authentic Chemistry Curriculum,” “Modeling: Changes in Traditional Physics Instruction,” “Guided by the Standards: Inquiry and Assessment in Two Rural and Urban Schools,” and even “Sing and Dance Your Way to Science Success.”

The book ends with a summary chapter by editor Robert Yager on successes and continuing challenges in meeting the Standards’ visions for improving high school science. As Yager notes, “The exemplary programs described in this monograph give inspiration while also providing evidence that the new directions are feasible and worth the energy and effort needed for others to implement changes.
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Exemplary Science: Best Practices in Professional Development (e-book) e-book
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Exemplary Science: Best Practices in Professional Development (e-book)
Grade Level: College, Elementary School, High School, Informal Education, Middle School
This collection of 16 essays is ideal for staff development providers (university faculty, district supervisors, lead teachers, and principals) as well as preservice science methods instructors. Each essay describes a specific program designed to train current or future teachers to carry out the constructivist, inquiry-based approach of the Standards. These professional development programs are in universities and school districts around the country—from...  [view full summary]
This collection of 16 essays is ideal for staff development providers (university faculty, district supervisors, lead teachers, and principals) as well as preservice science methods instructors. Each essay describes a specific program designed to train current or future teachers to carry out the constructivist, inquiry-based approach of the Standards. These professional development programs are in universities and school districts around the country—from Florida to Alaska, in rural and urban areas, and in contexts ranging from summer institutes to on-site support programs.

The essays in this volume range from “Filling the Void in the Professional Development Continuum: Assisting Beginning Secondary Science Teachers” to “Emphasizing Inquiry, Collaboration, and Leadership in K–12 Professional Development” to “Hey! What’re Ya Thinkin’? Developing Teachers as Reflective Practitioners.” In addition to describing how the program works, each essay also provides evidence of effectiveness—how teachers grow more confident using inquiry approaches, in integrating technology into the classrooms, collaborating with their colleagues and local resource persons, and developing as science education leaders in their schools and districts.
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Exemplary STEM Programs: Designs for Success (e-book) e-book
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Exemplary STEM Programs: Designs for Success (e-book)
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 classrooms,...  [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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How to... Write to Learn Science, Second Edition (e-Book) e-book
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How to... Write to Learn Science, Second Edition (e-Book)
Grade Level: High School, Middle School
Make science an exhilarating process of discovery! Through a wealth of creative write-to-learn strategies, this book offers inspiring techniques to coax out the reluctant scientists in your classroom. Newly updated and expanded, this NSTA best seller is a storehouse of practical ideas and examples for use with students at all ability levels. It provides classroom-tested writing activities that you can:

• Introduce during the first week...  [view full summary]
Make science an exhilarating process of discovery! Through a wealth of creative write-to-learn strategies, this book offers inspiring techniques to coax out the reluctant scientists in your classroom. Newly updated and expanded, this NSTA best seller is a storehouse of practical ideas and examples for use with students at all ability levels. It provides classroom-tested writing activities that you can:

• Introduce during the first week of class to build positive attitudes among students toward the subject of science, and toward you;
• Use at different stages in a learning unit and for quick review; and
• Adapt to help students write for different audiences, write to better understand the textbook, and write lab reports, research papers, and essay tests.

Added to this edition is a special section, “How Science Portfolio Assessment Can Improve Student Writing,” that describes ways portfolios help students focus on their work throughout the year, document science concepts they’ve mastered—or not—and serve as powerful assessment tools. There are many books about writing to learn, most authored by education or English professors who focus on theories of writing. This book is different—it’s full of classroom-tested, pragmatic approaches from high school science teachers who used the ideas to make teaching and learning more creative endeavors. The authors put their own good advice to work, writing in an appealing, personal style to convey teaching concepts and learning goals. As Bob Tierney says, expressive writing is “a vehicle for the exhilaration of discovery.”


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How to...Weave the Web Into K-8 Science (e-book) e-book
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How to...Weave the Web Into K-8 Science (e-book)
Grade Level: Elementary School, Middle School
Like a search engine for science teachers, How to... Weave the Web into K-8 Science is your custom-made guide to bringing the best of the Internet into your classroom. Author David Wetzel has done the work of locating online materials for you. The book offers resources for Web-based science teaching and learning plus online technical help for both beginners and experienced computer users. You even get instructions for developing your own...  [view full summary]
Like a search engine for science teachers, How to... Weave the Web into K-8 Science is your custom-made guide to bringing the best of the Internet into your classroom. Author David Wetzel has done the work of locating online materials for you. The book offers resources for Web-based science teaching and learning plus online technical help for both beginners and experienced computer users. You even get instructions for developing your own Web page. In three concise chapters, this book covers:

§ The rationale behind using Web-based resources for science teaching, including how they support national and state standards, and tips for making the most of the Internet.

§ Practical strategies you can put to work immediately. Topics include one-computer and multi-computer classrooms; wireless and hand-held computers; Web-based learning centers and lessons; WebQuests; virtual tours, labs, and field trips; and multimedia presentations.

§ A wealth of Internet resources, including search engines, directories, and NSTA's own SciLinks and Webwatchers. Of special interest is an extensive section of Web-based resources listed by category and science-content area.

Best of all, in a special companion Web site, you'll find updated Web addresses as well as new resources that came out after this book was printed.
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Exemplary Science in Grades PreK-4: Standards-Based Success Stories (e-Book) e-book
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Exemplary Science in Grades PreK-4: Standards-Based Success Stories (e-Book)
Grade Level: Elementary School
Since their release in 1996, the National Science Education Standards have provided the vision for science education reform. But has that reform actually taken hold in elementary school? “Yes!,” reports Robert Yager, editor of Exemplary Science in Grades PreK–4: Standards-Based Success Stories. “Probably the Standards have done more to change science in elementary schools than has occurred at the other grade levels.”

Evidence of change is...  [view full summary]
Since their release in 1996, the National Science Education Standards have provided the vision for science education reform. But has that reform actually taken hold in elementary school? “Yes!,” reports Robert Yager, editor of Exemplary Science in Grades PreK–4: Standards-Based Success Stories. “Probably the Standards have done more to change science in elementary schools than has occurred at the other grade levels.”

Evidence of change is apparent in this fourth volume of the Exemplary Science monograph series, an essay collection featuring educators in PreK-4 describing programs they’ve developed to fulfill the Standards’ More Emphasis guidelines. The 14 programs are real-life examples you can learn from in carrying out reforms in teaching, assessment, professional development, and content. Among the topics covered: “Adapting Science Curricula in the Kindergarten Classroom,” “Building on the Natural Wonder Inherent in Us All,” “Guiding Students in Active and Extended Scientific Inquiry,” “Active, Integrated Inquiry in an Afterschool Setting,” and “Thinking Outside the Box: No Child Left Inside!” As Yager writes in the book’s introduction, “The 14 exemplary programs can be seen as models for other teachers—not just to copy, but as ways of approaching science and encouraging their students to do more of what they like...

When both teachers and students are enthused, curious, and involved, science becomes central to the lives of students and others in the community and can tie the whole school experience together.
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Exemplary Science: Best Practices in Professional Development, Revised 2nd Edition (e-book) e-book
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Exemplary Science: Best Practices in Professional Development, Revised 2nd Edition (e-book)
Grade Level: College, Elementary School, High School, Middle School
“This book will help the reader to design and evaluate varying professional development options, thereby making better and more efficient use of limited professional development dollars.”
—The editors of Exemplary Science: Best Practices in Professional Development

If you want to make the most of your precious professional development budget—and who doesn’t?—look for inspiration in this updated edition from the Exemplary...  [view full summary]
“This book will help the reader to design and evaluate varying professional development options, thereby making better and more efficient use of limited professional development dollars.”
—The editors of Exemplary Science: Best Practices in Professional Development

If you want to make the most of your precious professional development budget—and who doesn’t?—look for inspiration in this updated edition from the Exemplary Science series. This essay collection is designed to spark new ideas while encouraging high-quality learning opportunities for teachers at all grade levels. The book features:

• An overview of current research on quality professional development and how it aligns with the National Science Education Standards.
• Fourteen professional development programs that provide real-life models of how to train current or future teachers to carry out the constructivist, inquiry-based approach recommended by the Standards. End-of-chapter questions help you relate the material to your own situation.
• A reader’s guide that includes suggestions for using the book in professional learning communities and other collaborative settings.

Some of the collection’s authors contributed to the first edition and have updated their chapters to share additional data and communicate what they’ve learned that might support your work. Additional chapters describe programs and approaches new to this edition. Whether you’re a teacher, staff development provider, administrator, or preservice science methods instructor, you’ll find this collection to be a fresh and highly useful professional learning tool.

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Exemplary College Science Teaching (e-book) e-book
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Exemplary College Science Teaching (e-book)
Grade Level: College
“Since K–12 students taught using the new [Next Generation Science Standards]will be arriving in college classrooms prepared in a different way from those in our classrooms currently, it would behoove college teachers to be prepared to alter their teaching methods ... or be perceived to be dinosaurs using the older teaching methods.”
— From Exemplary College Science Teaching

If you’re looking for inspiration to alter...  [view full summary]
“Since K–12 students taught using the new [Next Generation Science Standards]will be arriving in college classrooms prepared in a different way from those in our classrooms currently, it would behoove college teachers to be prepared to alter their teaching methods ... or be perceived to be dinosaurs using the older teaching methods.”
— From Exemplary College Science Teaching

If you’re looking for inspiration to alter your teaching methods to match new standards and new times, this book is for you. As the first in the Exemplary Science series to focus exclusively on college science teaching, this book offers 16 examples of college teaching that builds on what students learned in high school.

Understanding that college does not exist in a vacuum, the chapter authors demonstrate how to adapt the methods and frameworks under which secondary students have been working and make them their own for the college classroom, adding new technologies when appropriate and letting the students take an active role in their learning.

Among the innovative topics and techniques the essays in this book explore are
• Lecture-free college science teaching
• Peer-led study groups as learning communities
• Jigsaw techniques that enhance learning
• Inquiry incorporated into large-group settings
• Interactive video conferences for assessing student attitudes and behaviors

The clichéd image of the professor droning on before a packed lecture hall is a thing of the past. The essays in this book explain why—and offer the promise of a better future.
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Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 1: 25 Formative Assessment Probes (e-book) e-book
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Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 1: 25 Formative Assessment Probes (e-book)
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
Before your students can discover accurate science, you need to uncover the preconceptions they already have. This book helps pinpoint what your students know (or think they know) so you can monitor their learning and adjust your teaching accordingly. Loaded with classroom-friendly features you can use immediately, the book is comprised of 25 “probes”—brief, easily administered activities designed to determine your students’ thinking on 44 core science...  [view full summary]
Before your students can discover accurate science, you need to uncover the preconceptions they already have. This book helps pinpoint what your students know (or think they know) so you can monitor their learning and adjust your teaching accordingly. Loaded with classroom-friendly features you can use immediately, the book is comprised of 25 “probes”—brief, easily administered activities designed to determine your students’ thinking on 44 core science topics (grouped by light, sound, matter, gravity, heat and temperature, life science, and Earth and space science).

The probes are invaluable formative assessment tools to use before you begin teaching a topic or unit. The detailed teacher materials that accompany each probe review science content; give connections to National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks; present developmental considerations; summarize relevant research on learning; and suggest instructional approaches for elementary, middle, and high school students. Other books may discuss students’ general misconceptions about scientific ideas. Only this one provides probes—single, reproducible sheets— you can use to determine students’ thinking about, for example, photosynthesis, moon phases, conservation of matter, reflection, chemical change, and cells. Each probe has been field-tested with hundreds of students across multiple grade levels, so they’re proven effective for helping your students reexamine and further develop their understanding of science concepts.


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