Life Science

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For decades, many of the nation’s life science classrooms have been anything but lively. Biology has been criticized for being content heavy, overloaded with vocabulary, and tested by rote. Six to seven hundred pages of text, presented to teenagers with limited abilities to reason, constituted what in most cases was the only required science in high schools. By contrast, the classroom of a life science teacher who is moving toward the Standards provides an exciting environment for inquiry and a core of content that is smaller but in greater depth than in the past. Topics are covered in more detail, coursework is integrated, and both teachers and students feel challenged. This free selection includes an inquiry-based, life science lesson and the Table of Contents.

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  • on Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:25 AM

while we are moving towards core curriculum ,this chapter provides an essential guide-line.

Vidya Gawade
Vidya Gawade

  • on Tue Apr 19, 2011 6:12 PM

This chapter discusses the evolution of the major high school life sciences curriculum topics. For each topic it discusses the areas where change is needed to successfully move students to master standards. A "Classroom in Action" section accompanies each topic to model the instructional practices for each topic.

Angelika Fairweather  (Bradenton, FL)
Angelika Fairweather (Bradenton, FL)

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