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What Are They Thinking? Promoting Elementary Learning Through Formative Assessment (e-Book) e-book
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What Are They Thinking? Promoting Elementary Learning Through Formative Assessment (e-Book)
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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Clones, Cats, and Chemicals: Thinking Scientifically About Controversial Issues (e-Book) e-book
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Clones, Cats, and Chemicals: Thinking Scientifically About Controversial Issues (e-Book)
Grade Level: High School, Middle School
Does human cloning present a threat or an opportunity? Do common cats constitute a major threat to wildlife? Will the development of new chemical and biological weapons deter war or lead to it? If you want students to think—really think—about the science behind some of today’s toughest controversies, this book will give you the facts and the framework to provoke fascinating debates.

Clones, Cats, and Chemicals examines 10 dilemmas...  [view full summary]
Does human cloning present a threat or an opportunity? Do common cats constitute a major threat to wildlife? Will the development of new chemical and biological weapons deter war or lead to it? If you want students to think—really think—about the science behind some of today’s toughest controversies, this book will give you the facts and the framework to provoke fascinating debates.

Clones, Cats, and Chemicals examines 10 dilemmas from the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, Earth science, technology, and mathematics and helps you challenge students to confront scientific and social problems that offer few black-and-white solutions. Each question is presented as a two-part unit: concise scientific background with possible resolutions and a reference list for further teacher reading, and a reproducible essay, questions, and activities to guide students in debating and decision making.


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Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 4: 25 New Formative Assessment Probes (e-book) e-book
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Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 4: 25 New Formative Assessment Probes (e-book)
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
Wouldn't it be helpful to know what your students' ideas are about a science concept before launching into a new lesson or unit? Newly released Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 4, offers 25 more formative assessment probes to help reveal students' preconceptions of fundamental concepts in science, bringing the total to 100 probes for the popular series by author Page Keeley. Teachers of grades K-12 will find short probes with grade-band...  [view full summary]
Wouldn't it be helpful to know what your students' ideas are about a science concept before launching into a new lesson or unit? Newly released Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 4, offers 25 more formative assessment probes to help reveal students' preconceptions of fundamental concepts in science, bringing the total to 100 probes for the popular series by author Page Keeley. Teachers of grades K-12 will find short probes with grade-band specifics that provide easy-to-follow suggestions for addressing students' ideas by promoting learning through conceptual-change instruction. Volume 4 adds to the probes in physical, life, and Earth and space science with a new category called "unifying principles." Also covered is a discussion on balancing formative assessment with summative assessment.

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Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 3: Another 25 Formative Assessment Probes (e-book) e-book
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Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 3: Another 25 Formative Assessment Probes (e-book)
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
Because you demanded it! Since publication of Volume 1 of this series, thousands of teachers are using these innovative classroom tools to improve student learning in science. Following in the footsteps of earlier volumes in the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series, this all-new book provides short, easy-to-administer probes that determine what misconceptions students bring to the classroom about the nature of science and about physical, life,...  [view full summary]
Because you demanded it! Since publication of Volume 1 of this series, thousands of teachers are using these innovative classroom tools to improve student learning in science. Following in the footsteps of earlier volumes in the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series, this all-new book provides short, easy-to-administer probes that determine what misconceptions students bring to the classroom about the nature of science and about physical, life, Earth, and space sciences. This new volume in our bestselling series provides more topic areas for classroom use as well as guidance on how teachers can use the probes for their own learning.

As outlined in previous volumes, teachers—like their students—can have misconceptions that come to the fore when administering the probes. Volume 3 provides 10 detailed suggestions for teachers on how to use the probes to uncover, accurately assess, and correct their own preconceptions as well as their students’ (e.g., do the probes yourself, examine student responses with other teachers, embed the probes into existing professional development programs, select specific areas to focus on, examine student thinking across grade spans, categorize ideas, and crunch data to create classroom profiles).

Volume 3 offers five life science probes, seven Earth and space science probes, ten physical science probes, and three nature of science probes. This volume is an invaluable resource for classroom teachers, preservice teachers, professional developers, and college science and preservice faculty.


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Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 2: 25 More Formative Assessment Probes (e-Book) e-book
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Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 2: 25 More Formative Assessment Probes (e-Book)
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
If Hollywood filmed this sequel, the studio would call it “Probes II: More Battles Against Misunderstandings.” Like the blockbuster before it, Volume 2 will reveal the surprising misconceptions students bring to the classroom—so you can adjust your teaching to foster a sound understanding of science.

The popular features from Volume 1 are all here. The field-tested probes are short, easy to administer, and ready to reproduce. Teacher materials...  [view full summary]
If Hollywood filmed this sequel, the studio would call it “Probes II: More Battles Against Misunderstandings.” Like the blockbuster before it, Volume 2 will reveal the surprising misconceptions students bring to the classroom—so you can adjust your teaching to foster a sound understanding of science.

The popular features from Volume 1 are all here. The field-tested probes are short, easy to administer, and ready to reproduce. Teacher materials explain science content and suggest grade-appropriate ways to present information. But Volume 2 covers more life science and Earth and space science probes. New topics include forms of matter, changes in matter, living things and life processes, rocks and landforms, the day/night cycle, and objects in the night sky. Volume 2 also suggests ways to embed the probes throughout your instruction, not just when starting a unit or topic.

This new classroom tool will help you not only uncover students’ existing ideas, but also use that knowledge to improve your teaching and advance student understanding of science concepts.

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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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Exemplary Science for Resolving Societal Challenges (e-book) e-book
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Exemplary Science for Resolving Societal Challenges (e-book)
Grade Level: College, Elementary School, High School, Middle School
Amid a flurry of national standards and high-stakes assessments, it’s easy to overlook the curiosity and invention that is inherent to science and that should be central to any science lesson plan. Similarly, the connections between what students learn in the classroom and the issues facing our society are often lost in the race to cover the content.

The National Science Education Standards goals that are emphasized in this volume focus...  [view full summary]
Amid a flurry of national standards and high-stakes assessments, it’s easy to overlook the curiosity and invention that is inherent to science and that should be central to any science lesson plan. Similarly, the connections between what students learn in the classroom and the issues facing our society are often lost in the race to cover the content.

The National Science Education Standards goals that are emphasized in this volume focus on how to successfully draw on personal and societal problems in the classroom to illustrate the use and understanding of science for all learners. Editor Robert Yager and his extraordinary team of co-authors offer exciting and diverse case study examples of new, research-based, and proven strategies that are sure to provide educators with a road map as they strive to reform and reinvigorate their classrooms.

As with all of the Exemplary Science titles, this book provides resources, ideas, and case studies to stimulate science education faculties across the country to begin substantive discussions that will drive them to re-embrace curiosity, invention, inquiry, and societal connection in the classroom and move them toward exemplary science instruction.
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Inquiry: The Key to Exemplary Science (e-book) e-book
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Inquiry: The Key to Exemplary Science (e-book)
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
Science teachers aiming to foster inquiry in their classrooms will find the sixth title in the Exemplary Science monograph series, Inquiry: The Key to Exemplary Science full of helpful advice and new techniques.

The 18 chapters in this monograph illustrate various forms of inquiry, offer detailed examples of planning and execution, and provide case studies highlighting successful implementation of inquiry. Student learning, development...  [view full summary]
Science teachers aiming to foster inquiry in their classrooms will find the sixth title in the Exemplary Science monograph series, Inquiry: The Key to Exemplary Science full of helpful advice and new techniques.

The 18 chapters in this monograph illustrate various forms of inquiry, offer detailed examples of planning and execution, and provide case studies highlighting successful implementation of inquiry. Student learning, development of positive attitudes, the ability to use concepts and skills in completely new situations are all demonstrated for use in your classroom.

The National Science Education Standards call “for every student (every year) to experience the richness and excitement of knowing and understanding the natural world.” Editor Robert Yager notes that “in one sense, inquiry can be used as a synonym for science. Both include starting with questions, collecting evidence concerning the explanations offered, and arguing with others about the validity of the explanations. Science is a continuing quest for better understanding of the natural universe. This quest is inquiry!


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Exemplary Science in Informal Education Settings: Standards-Based Success Stories (e-book) e-book
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Exemplary Science in Informal Education Settings: Standards-Based Success Stories (e-book)
Grade Level: College, Elementary School, High School, Informal Education, Middle School
Just as science education doesn’t stop at the schoolhouse door, neither should effective application of the National Science Education Standards. Exemplary Science in Informal Education Settings shows real-world examples of how science education reform has taken hold in museums, science centers, zoos, and aquariums as well as on television, radio, and the internet.

This essay collection—the fifth volume in the Exemplary Science...  [view full summary]
Just as science education doesn’t stop at the schoolhouse door, neither should effective application of the National Science Education Standards. Exemplary Science in Informal Education Settings shows real-world examples of how science education reform has taken hold in museums, science centers, zoos, and aquariums as well as on television, radio, and the internet.

This essay collection—the fifth volume in the Exemplary Science Monograph Series—features 17 informal education programs that were judged to be most successful at increasing participants’ learning. The programs demonstrate how the Standards can be used to inform and improve science education in a wide range of settings and with learners ranging from pre-schoolers to older adults.
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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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