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Polymer Chemistry: Introduction to an Indispensable Science (e-book) e-book
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Polymer Chemistry: Introduction to an Indispensable Science (e-book)
Grade Level: High School
Here’s an interesting statistic: More than half of all chemists work on some aspect of polymers. For high school teachers who want to introduce polymer science basics, properties, and uses, this book is uniquely helpful—much deeper than simple monographs or collections of experiments, but much more accessible than college texts.

Divided into four sections, Polymer Chemistry starts with a broad overview of synthetic and natural polymers...  [view full summary]
Here’s an interesting statistic: More than half of all chemists work on some aspect of polymers. For high school teachers who want to introduce polymer science basics, properties, and uses, this book is uniquely helpful—much deeper than simple monographs or collections of experiments, but much more accessible than college texts.

Divided into four sections, Polymer Chemistry starts with a broad overview of synthetic and natural polymers and then covers polymers’ synthesis and preparation; common methods for processing them into useful objects; and demonstrations and experiments dealing with polymer synthesis, solutions and gels, and solid-state properties. In addition to the science, this book includes an engaging history of polymers and issues on their disposal.

For environmental science teachers, the comprehensive chapter on recycling, degradation, and disposal of polymers is invaluable. And all teachers will benefit from the introduction. Written by a fellow science teacher, it provides creative chapter-by-chapter techniques for using the book in AP chemistry, and even basic high school chemistry. As the title says, polymer chemistry is an indispensable science—and Polymer Chemistry is an indispensable resource on the topic.
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College Science Teachers Guide to Assessment (e-book) e-book
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College Science Teachers Guide to Assessment (e-book)
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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Reforming Secondary Science Instruction (e-book) e-book
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Reforming Secondary Science Instruction (e-book)
Grade Level: High School, Middle School
Science education reform can seem a daunting task to high school science teachers. So, you might ask, why should I be bothered? The answer is that today’s students simply do not have the skill sets necessary for life in our global economy.

Reforming Secondary Science Instruction offers detailed advice for changing your methods of teaching so that students are prepared for life and work. Follow along as your fellow teachers learn...  [view full summary]
Science education reform can seem a daunting task to high school science teachers. So, you might ask, why should I be bothered? The answer is that today’s students simply do not have the skill sets necessary for life in our global economy.

Reforming Secondary Science Instruction offers detailed advice for changing your methods of teaching so that students are prepared for life and work. Follow along as your fellow teachers learn about inquiry, implement change strategies, try out innovative instructional materials, build professional learning communities and partnerships, use data from student assessments, and address the needs of linguistically diverse learners.

The underlying message, as one author puts it, is “science education reform will not occur by simply adding occasional new activities to your teaching repertoire. Reform requires thought, work, and persistence.”

Every chapter offers you the opportunity to assess your own teaching techniques and find room for improvement. Whether you are early in your career or a seasoned professional, Reforming Secondary Science Instruction will help you craft a workable plan for giving your students the tools they need to succeed beyond your classroom.

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Learning Science and the Science of Learning: Science Educators' Essay Collection (e-book) e-book
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Learning Science and the Science of Learning: Science Educators' Essay Collection (e-book)
Grade Level: College, Elementary School, High School, Middle School
Sure, you teach science. But do your students really learn it? Students of all ages will absorb more if you adapt the way you teach to the way they learn. That's the message of this thoughtful collection of 12 essays by noted science teachers. Based on the latest research, this is definitely a scholarly book. But to bring theories to life, it includes realistic scenarios featuring classrooms where students are encouraged to "construct" their own science...  [view full summary]
Sure, you teach science. But do your students really learn it? Students of all ages will absorb more if you adapt the way you teach to the way they learn. That's the message of this thoughtful collection of 12 essays by noted science teachers. Based on the latest research, this is definitely a scholarly book. But to bring theories to life, it includes realistic scenarios featuring classrooms where students are encouraged to "construct" their own science learning.

These scenarios will give you specific ideas on how to help your students become more reflective about their learning process, including what they know, what their stumbling blocks are, and how to overcome them. You'll also examine how to use formative assessment to gauge student learning during the course of a lesson, not just at the end.

Learning Science offers inspiration to all the weary teachers who've ever wondered, "Why don't these kids seem to get what I'm trying to say?"
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Assessing Science Learning: Perspectives From Research and Practice e-book
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Assessing Science Learning: Perspectives From Research and Practice
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
This book contains many essays and multiple examples of meaningful science assessment practices they explore. The collations of essays reflect work with socioeconomically and ethnically diverse populations to better understand the attributes of equitable assessment practices.

The chapters in this book are grouped into four sections: (1) formative assessment in the service learning and teaching; (2) classroom-based strategies for assessing...  [view full summary]
This book contains many essays and multiple examples of meaningful science assessment practices they explore. The collations of essays reflect work with socioeconomically and ethnically diverse populations to better understand the attributes of equitable assessment practices.

The chapters in this book are grouped into four sections: (1) formative assessment in the service learning and teaching; (2) classroom-based strategies for assessing students’ science understanding; (3) high-stakes tests; and (4) assessment-focused professional development. Each section begins with a brief introduction and overview of the included chapters.
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Issues in Science Education: Professional Development Leadership and the Diverse Learner (e-book) e-book
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Issues in Science Education: Professional Development Leadership and the Diverse Learner (e-book)
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
Make science teaching better for every student. Help learners from different backgrounds—and with different learning styles—by developing new skills, resources, and knowledge. This book discusses the ways in which professional development can help you handle equity and diversity issues in the classroom. Among the topics:

• How professional development can help teachers motivate and increase participation by women and minorities in science...  [view full summary]
Make science teaching better for every student. Help learners from different backgrounds—and with different learning styles—by developing new skills, resources, and knowledge. This book discusses the ways in which professional development can help you handle equity and diversity issues in the classroom. Among the topics:

• How professional development can help teachers motivate and increase participation by women and minorities in science

• Using professional development to promote change

• Professional development’s role in leadership development and reform

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Everyday Assessment in the Science Classroom (e-book) e-book
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Everyday Assessment in the Science Classroom (e-book)
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
Make ongoing, classroom-based assessment second nature to your students and you. Everyday Assessment in the Science Classroom is a thought-provoking collection of 10 essays on the theories behind the latest assessment techniques. The authors offer in-depth “how to” suggestions on conducting assessments as a matter of routine—especially in light of high-stakes standards-based exams, using assessment to improve instruction, and involving students...  [view full summary]
Make ongoing, classroom-based assessment second nature to your students and you. Everyday Assessment in the Science Classroom is a thought-provoking collection of 10 essays on the theories behind the latest assessment techniques. The authors offer in-depth “how to” suggestions on conducting assessments as a matter of routine—especially in light of high-stakes standards-based exams, using assessment to improve instruction, and involving students in the assessment process.


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Interpreting Assessment Data: Statistical Techniques You Can Use (e-book) e-book
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Interpreting Assessment Data: Statistical Techniques You Can Use (e-book)
Grade Level: High School, Middle School
Are you properly evaluating the results of the tests you give to students? Can you explain the difference between classroom assessment and standardized assessment? Are you on solid ground with your grading system? Demystify—and even use—statistics to answer these important questions and more in this clear, easy-to-use text for preservice and classroom science teachers and methods professors.

The text’s practical approach helps teachers understand...  [view full summary]
Are you properly evaluating the results of the tests you give to students? Can you explain the difference between classroom assessment and standardized assessment? Are you on solid ground with your grading system? Demystify—and even use—statistics to answer these important questions and more in this clear, easy-to-use text for preservice and classroom science teachers and methods professors.

The text’s practical approach helps teachers understand how to interpret student assessments statistically and how to measure and explain the validity and reliability of those assessments. Included are a global history of testing to its present state and valuable instructions for using graphing calculators for easy computing. This nonthreatening framework for measuring and interpreting assessment results is a must-have for your professional development library.
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Issues in Science Education: Professional Development Planning and Design (e-book) e-book
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Issues in Science Education: Professional Development Planning and Design (e-book)
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
There’s got to be more to professional development than in-service workshops. This thoughtful book paves the way to change. It shows the circumstances under which professional development has the most impact on student learning, reviews programs that work, and offers practical ideas about how professional development can sustain science education reform. The following topics are addressed:
• Changing professional development to help with standards-based...  [view full summary]
There’s got to be more to professional development than in-service workshops. This thoughtful book paves the way to change. It shows the circumstances under which professional development has the most impact on student learning, reviews programs that work, and offers practical ideas about how professional development can sustain science education reform. The following topics are addressed:
• Changing professional development to help with standards-based reform

• Building a professional development program

• Using achievement data and assessment tools to modify teaching practices


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Watershed Dynamics (Teacher Edition—Includes Full Student Edition) (e-book) e-book
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Watershed Dynamics (Teacher Edition—Includes Full Student Edition) (e-book)
Grade Level: High School
Whether you’re a stream studies novice or a veteran aquatic monitor, Watershed Dynamics gives you abundant practical resources to extend your students’ investigations into local water quality and land-use issues. This two-part set is ideal for teaching biological and ecological concepts and research techniques. It also shows how the interplay between scientific data and human judgment can shape public policy decisions on zoning, flood control,...  [view full summary]
Whether you’re a stream studies novice or a veteran aquatic monitor, Watershed Dynamics gives you abundant practical resources to extend your students’ investigations into local water quality and land-use issues. This two-part set is ideal for teaching biological and ecological concepts and research techniques. It also shows how the interplay between scientific data and human judgment can shape public policy decisions on zoning, flood control, and agricultural practices.

The Teacher Edition explains how to guide student research and engineering design projects. Classroom-ready materials include detailed background, sample assessment tasks and rubrics, and guidelines for integrating peer review into classroom science. The Teacher Edition also includes the complete Student Edition.

Watershed Dynamics is the final volume in the four-part Cornell Scientific Inquiry Series, designed to guide students in designing and conducting experiments, presenting their results, and exchanging feedback with their peers. See the other titles in the series: Decay and Renewal, Assessing Toxic Risk, and Invasion Ecology.


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