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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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Virus and the Whale: Exploring Evolution in Creatures Small and Large (e-book) e-book
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Virus and the Whale: Exploring Evolution in Creatures Small and Large (e-book)
Grade Level: Informal Education, Middle School
With this lively book of activities as their guide, students can follow seven scientists into their labs and out to the field to discover how evolution works. Meanwhile, you’ll benefit from the practical help the book provides with the twin challenges of evolution: what to teach and how to teach it.

For students, Virus and the Whale brings to light some of today’s most exciting and up-to-date research through the stories of scientists...  [view full summary]
With this lively book of activities as their guide, students can follow seven scientists into their labs and out to the field to discover how evolution works. Meanwhile, you’ll benefit from the practical help the book provides with the twin challenges of evolution: what to teach and how to teach it.

For students, Virus and the Whale brings to light some of today’s most exciting and up-to-date research through the stories of scientists who study evolution. Each featured research project highlights an important aspect of evolutionary biology, from the “arms race” between viruses and their human hosts to the long-term evolutionary changes that can turn a land mammal into a whale. The activities lead students to investigate evolution as they try out the kinds of creative thinking skills real scientists use to make new discoveries.

For teachers, three preliminary chapters explain how to use the scientists’ stories as a logical framework for teaching evolutionary concepts. These chapters provide accurate natural history background; offer additional information on the evolution of each of the seven organisms investigated in the book; and introduce common ways in which children and adults think and learn about evolution. Each activity lists learning outcomes tied to the National Science Education Standards and includes assessment questions and materials lists.

Virus and the Whale combines a dynamic narrative with easy-to-use activities, clear illustrations, and a welcome dose of humor.
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Teaching Tips: Innovations in Undergraduate Science Instruction (e-book) e-book
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Teaching Tips: Innovations in Undergraduate Science Instruction (e-book)
Grade Level: College, Informal Education
Like a spirited idea exchange among experienced professors, Teaching Tips: Innovations in Undergraduate Science Instruction brings you the best thinking from campuses nationwide about how to engage undergraduate science students. Published to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Society for College Science Teachers (SCST), Tips is a quick-read compilation of more than 50 innovative approaches that SCST members...  [view full summary]
Like a spirited idea exchange among experienced professors, Teaching Tips: Innovations in Undergraduate Science Instruction brings you the best thinking from campuses nationwide about how to engage undergraduate science students. Published to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Society for College Science Teachers (SCST), Tips is a quick-read compilation of more than 50 innovative approaches that SCST members have found especially effective.

The book is organized into three parts:
• Pedagogical Practices includes using instant messaging as an involvement tool, encouraging active learning in large classes, and using “peer coercion” to stimulate teamwork
• Assessment Activities covers pretests and post-tests to encourage more effective learning, Web-based warm-up exercises to assess student misconceptions, and poetry-writing exercises to encourage creative thinking in the sciences
• Content Challenges offers approaches to teaching specific topics from calculations and conversions to conceptual physics, and ways to encourage active learning (using a portfolio approach, games like bingo and Jeopardy, substances like Jell-O, and even student-drawn comic strips)

Most of the ideas in the book are applicable across the sciences. Because the tips are only 500 to 700 words each, all contributors have provided contact information so you can learn more by e-mailing them directly.
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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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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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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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All in a Day's Work, 2nd Edition: Careers Using Science (e-book) e-book
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All in a Day's Work, 2nd Edition: Careers Using Science (e-book)
Grade Level: High School
“Almost all careers in the 21st century require a working knowledge of science and mathematics,” says Steve Metz, The Science Teacher field editor, in his introduction to All in a Day’s Work, 2nd edition. “The pending retirement of 78 millions baby boomers can only add to the need for science and mathematics training, as companies begin recruiting replacement workers in science fields, sometimes—believe it or not—as early as middle...  [view full summary]
“Almost all careers in the 21st century require a working knowledge of science and mathematics,” says Steve Metz, The Science Teacher field editor, in his introduction to All in a Day’s Work, 2nd edition. “The pending retirement of 78 millions baby boomers can only add to the need for science and mathematics training, as companies begin recruiting replacement workers in science fields, sometimes—believe it or not—as early as middle school!”

This expanded second edition will help you give students an exciting look at the vast array of jobs built on a foundation of science, including:

• the expected—high school science teacher, microbiologist, and radiation therapist,
• the unexpected—bomb investigator, space architect, and musical acoustics scientist, the adventurous—astronaut, deep-cave explorer, and dinosaur paleontologist, and
• the offbeat— shark advocate, roller coaster designer, and oyster wrangler

All in a Day’s Work, 2nd edition is a compendium of 49 of the popular “Career of the Month” columns from the NSTA high school journal The Science Teacher. Each column profiles a person in a science-related job and can be reproduced and shared with your high school students as they make career and education plans. Each profile includes suggestions about how to find additional career information, including links to websites and relevant professional organizations and interest groups.


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Earth Science Success: 50 Lesson Plans for Grades 6–9 (e-book) e-book
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Earth Science Success: 50 Lesson Plans for Grades 6–9 (e-book)
Grade Level: High School, Middle School
esigned as a ready-to-use survival guide for middle school Earth science teachers, this title is an invaluable resource that provides an entire year’s worth of inquiry-based and discovery-oriented Earth science lessons, including 33 investigations or labs, and 17 detailed projects.

This unique collection of astronomy, geology, meteorology, and physical oceanography lessons promotes deeper understanding of science concepts through a hands-on...  [view full summary]
esigned as a ready-to-use survival guide for middle school Earth science teachers, this title is an invaluable resource that provides an entire year’s worth of inquiry-based and discovery-oriented Earth science lessons, including 33 investigations or labs, and 17 detailed projects.

This unique collection of astronomy, geology, meteorology, and physical oceanography lessons promotes deeper understanding of science concepts through a hands-on approach that identifies and dispels student misconceptions and expands student understanding and knowledge.

In addition, this field-tested and standards-based volume is ideal for university-level methodology courses in science education.
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