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What Successful Science Teachers Do
75 Research-Based Strategies



September 2010 | 272 pages | Corwin
Using the very successful format of the What Successful Teachers Do series, Neal Glasgow, Michele Cheyne, and Randy Yerrick present 75 research-based strategies for effective science instruction. Each strategy includes a brief description of the research, the classroom applications, possible pitfalls during implementation, and the source citations for those who want to learn more. These strategies allow secondary science teachers to differentiate instruction within an inquiry approach. Readers will learn how to:

- Engage students in inquiry-based science

- Promote collaborative learning

- Incorporate technology into activities and assignments

- Use formative assessment to engage students in content and instruction

- Develop culturally responsive practices that invite contributions from diverse students

- Build students' scientific literacy and reasoning skills

- Involve parents in their children's science learning.


 
Foreword by Page Keeley
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. General Science Instruction
Encourage Students to Become More Involved and Interested in Science

 
Guide Students to Engage in Science-Appropriate Discourse

 
Utilize Graphic Organizers in Your Classroom

 
Increase Depth of Coverage to Improve Student Learning

 
Foster Self-Efficacy and Motivation in Your Students

 
Challenge Your Students With Different Levels of Questioning

 
Try Using the 5E Instructional Model

 
Support Your Students to Engage Effectively in Disciplinary Argumentation

 
Utilize Mind Mapping to Improve Student Achievement

 
Test Students' Ideas to Facilitate Reasoning Skills

 
Create an Emotionally Positive Science Classroom Environment

 
Engage Students Who Have a History of Poor School Achievement

 
Include Students With Special Needs in Student-Centered Instruction

 
 
2. Scientific Inquiry and Laboratory Experience
Engage Your Students in Inquiry-Based Science

 
Teach Model-Based Inquiry Over the Scientific Method

 
Use Problem-Based Learning to Introduce Students to Inquiry-Based Science

 
Implement Inquiry-Based Instruction in Low-Track Classes

 
Attain Educational Goals Through Laboratory Experiences

 
Convert Traditional Labs to Inquiry-Based Activities

 
Align the Goals of Dissection to the Curriculum

 
 
3. Collaborative Teaching and Learning
Fine-Tune Collaborative Student Relationships With the Socratic Seminar

 
Teach Your Students Collaborative Strategies and Skills

 
Utilize Formal Cooperative Learning Methods in the Classroom

 
Introduce Students to Constructive, Cooperative, and Academic Controversy

 
Communicate Beyond the Classroom by Using Electronic Pen Pals

 
 
4. Utilizing Technology for the Classroom and Professional Development
Add Technological Tools to Your Students' Learning

 
Put Your Students' Internet Skills to Use in the Classroom

 
Use Technology to Accommodate Students' Different Learning Styles

 
Give Students Opportunities to Use Media Production for Classwork

 
Incorporate Mobile Technology into Student Assignments

 
Model Inquiry With Students Using Limited Resources

 
Update Your Approach to Literacy-Related Content Activities

 
Foster Literacy Development Through Visual Texts and Media

 
Utilize Portable Media Players to Bring Exemplary Resources Into Teaching

 
Find Opportunities to Record Yourself Teaching to Share With Peers

 
 
5. Science Assessment
Look at Formative Assessment in a Coherent and Cohesive Way

 
Use Standards-Based Inquiry to Prepare Students for Standards-Based Tests

 
Align Instruction and Assessment Tools to State Curriculum Standards

 
Utilize Formative Assessment to Better Engage Students in Content and Instruction

 
Add a Classroom Response System for Instant Formative Assessment

 
Design Formative Assessment for Data to Inform Instruction

 
Encourage Assigned Textbook Reading by Giving Open-Book Tests

 
Focus on Students' Writing Strengths

 
 
6. Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning
Avoid Culturally Stereotyping Science Students

 
Make Academic Success Your First Priority for All Students

 
Reach Out to Students From Unfamiliar Cultural and Linguistic Backgrounds

 
Structure Homework for Success for Students From Nondominant Backgrounds

 
Develop Science Standards With a Multicultural Perspective

 
Broaden Discourse Opportunities to Invite a Diverse Range of Contributions

 
Provide Diverse Learning Opportunities for Student Discourse

 
Manage and Change Your Students' Misconceptions

 
Guide Students to Choose Authentic Problems to Solve

 
Utilize Meaningful Cues With Your English Language Learners

 
Provide ELLs With Opportunities for Extended Interactions in Group Work

 
 
7. The Complex Nature of the Gender Gap in Science
Examine the Evolving Nature of Gender Issues in Science Classrooms

 
Change the Opportunities and Experiences of Girls in the Science Classroom

 
Represent Science in Ways That Encourage Girls to Stay Interested

 
Improve Attitudes Toward Science Through STS Approaches

 
 
8. Science and Literacy
Address the Three Key Elements of Reading Fluency in Science Instruction

 
Use Scaffolding to Improve Science Reading Comprehension

 
Consider Reading as Inquiry With Primary Literature

 
Focus on Developing Scientific Literacy and Student Reasoning

 
Use Paraphrasing to Promote Reading Comprehension in Science Textbooks

 
Utilize Think-Alouds to Reveal Students' Thought Processes While Reading

 
Select Commercial Reading Programs That Can Improve Scientific Literacy

 
Use a Variety of Print Materials to Inspire Student Reading and Writing

 
Expand Vocabulary Instruction to Improve Comprehension and Motivation

 
Use Students' Native Languages in Science Literacy Instruction

 
 
9. Families and Science Instruction
Avoid the "Blame Game" Mindset

 
Involve Low-Income Parents in Their Children's Academic Learning

 
Understand How Homework Can Present Problems for Students and Families

 
Change Parents' Attitudes Toward Science to Change Students' Attitudes

 
Involve Community Members in Learning to Explore Home-Based Discourse

 
Recognize the Diverse Needs of Language-Minority Students and Families

 
Consider Parental Responses to a Child's Learning Disability

 
 
Index

"This book encompasses an extensive collection of strategies supported by research and enhanced with practical classroom applications. I recommend it a must-have for novice teachers, mentoring struggling teachers, and refreshing, enhancing experienced teachers in their practice of the art and craft of teaching today’s and tomorrow’s learners."

J-Petrina Puhl, Secondary Science Teacher
Robert McQueen High School, Reno, NV

"The research is strong and well presented. The book addresses all aspects of science education and focuses on developing scientific thinkers."

Loukea Kovanis-Wilson, Chemistry Instructor
Clarkston High School, Clarkston, MI

"Bridging the gap in science education between research and practice just got easier, due to this organized guide to research-based science teaching strategies."

CHOICE, May 2011
American Libraries Association

"I found several strategies mentioned to be helpful to my own practice and tried them right away with immediate success. For example, in addition to including the unit objectives in an email to parents concerning an upcoming test, I will include suggestions on ways parents can help their children prepare."

Deanna Brunlinger, National Board Certified Science Teacher
Elkhorn Area School District, WI

“As the author of Corwin's bestselling book, Science Formative Assessment?75 Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning (P. Keeley, 2005), I am often asked to write a similar book that focuses on instructional strategies. The simple answer is there is no need for me to do so. This book serves that very purpose and is a wonderful companion to Science Formative Assessment. After all, instruction and assessment are two sides of the same coin?you can’t have one without the other?they are inextricably linked and complement each other.”

Page Keeley, Author
Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance

"Concise and well-defined strategies can be readily adapted to various learning styles and are designed to enhance critical and higher level thinking skills and help facilitators move from traditional to inquiry-based teaching methods. This is a valuable resource for in-service training on all levels."

Jean Worsley, Retired Teacher
NSTA Recommends, www.nsta.org/recommends

This book lacks the depth and focus needed to be useful in the courses that I teach.

Dr Georgia Hodges
Science Education Dept, University of Georgia
March 29, 2011
Key features
A winning format that allows busy teachers to:

  • jump in and immediately find the topics of most interest and usefulness for their own classroom
  • read just enough about the research to satisfy their curiosity about the basis for the recommended practices
  • be forewarned about potential problems with each strategy
  • go to the sources, if they want to know more

 

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword by Page Keeley

Preface


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