Secrets to Success for Science Teachers

ISBN-10: 1412966264

ISBN-13: 9781412966269

Edition: 2009

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In this targeted resource for new and seasoned science teachers in elementary through high school settings, Ellen Kottler and Victoria Brookhart Costa integrate science standards, best practices, effective strategies, the most practical elements of pedagogy, and insights from experienced science teachers. Secrets to Success for Science Teachers covers the essential challenges faced by teachers, from setting up a science classroom, establishing routines, planning meaningful instruction and assessment, and building literacy, to integrating technology, using a wide range of science resources, establishing relationships with families, and networking with colleagues. With the authors' advice and guidance, readers can successfully create an academic environment of collaboration and creativity where differences are honored in a community of learners. Following the winning formula developed for Secrets for Secondary School Teachers and Secrets to Success for Beginning Elementary School Teachers , this easy-to-read book helps science teachers streamline their efforts, organize their work, and set the stage for outstanding instruction and enthusiastic student participation.
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List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 5/26/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Ellen Kottler, Ed.S., has been a teacher for over 30 years in public and private schools, alternative schools, adult education programs, and universities. She has worked in inner-city schools as well as in suburban and rural set�tings. She was a curriculum specialist in charge of secondary social studies and law-related education for one of the country's largest school districts. Ellen is the author or coauthor of several books for educators, including Secrets for Secondary School Teachers: How to Succeed in Your First Year, On Being a Teacher, Secrets for Beginning Elementary School Teachers, Counseling Skills for Teachers, English Language Learners in Your Classroom: Strategies That Work, Secrets to Success for Science Teachers, and Students Who Drive You Crazy: Succeeding with Resistant, Unmotivated, and Otherwise Difficult Young People.She teaches secondary education and supervises intern teachers at California State University, Fullerton.

Victoria Costa has taught chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, and education at the secondary, community college, and university levels. She is the director of science education at California State University, Fullerton. Her research focuses on recruitment, development, and support of secondary science teachers and the preparation of all teachers to support 21st-century learning in technology-rich environments. She has been the principal investigator for two million dollars of grants to support math and science education, including the Professional Development Resources Online for Mathematics (PD-ROM) and the Math and Science Teachers Project (MAST). She has published in highly respected journals, including Journal of Curriculum Studies, Journal of College Science Teaching, Science Education, International Journal of Science Education , and Journal of Research in Science Teaching .

History of Science Topics
About the Authors
Design Your Classroom to Create Communities of Learners
Explore Your School and Classroom
Meet Your Department and Team
Investigate Your School's and Community's History and Customs
Access Textbooks and Equipment
Plan for Exploration and Experimentation
Collect Materials and Resources
Investigate Laboratory Space and Equipment
Safely Use and Store Supplies and Equipment
Establish Your Policies and Procedures
Create a Shared Learning Environment
Ensure Equity and Fairness
Use Appropriate and Neutral Language
Involve Parents and Families
Begin Each Day Anew
Establish a Sense of Place...
Understand Standards to Develop Your Curriculum
Consider the History of Science Education
Understand the Nature of Science
Accomplish Project 2061 Benchmarks for Scientific Literacy
Address National Science Education Standards for Students
Meet National Science Education Teaching Standards for Teachers
Draw From the Academic Disciplines
Teach Skills in Experimentation and Investigation
Reference Your State Standards
Incorporate Your District's Expectations
Feature Your School's Organization and Mission
Link References to Develop Curriculum
Plan Your Year With a Curriculum Blueprint
Connect Science With Your Students...
Emphasize Inquiry Science to Deepen Understanding
Use the Inquiry Continuum
Involve Students in Doing Science
Engage in Hypothesis Testing
Promote the Use of the Scientific Method
Integrate Scientific Process Skills Into All Activities
Weave Inquiry-Based Laboratory Investigations Into Every Lesson
Head for the Outdoors
Support Scientific Investigations With Resources
Use Demonstrations to Promote Learning
Teach Through Discrepant Events
Teach Safety to Students
Equip Your Students to Understand Their World...
Know Your Students to Support Science Achievement
Begin From the Perspective of the Learners
See Students as Individuals
Understand Changes in Today's Students
Consider the Contexts of Students' Families and Peers
Showcase Powerful Teaching and Learning
Feature Actions and Verbs From Bloom's Taxonomy
Form Habits of Minds
Capitalize Upon the Multiple Intelligences
Differentiate Instruction
Support All Students
Incorporate Instruction That Works
Let Your Students Teach One Another...
Design Assessments to Align With Objectives
Set Goals, Objectives, and Expectations
Start With the End in Mind
Feature All Three Types of Assessment
Determine the Functions and Purposes
Vary the Structures and Formats
Use Selected Responses
Include Constructed Essays
Highlight Demonstrated Performances and Laboratory Skills
Remember Personal Communications
Offer Authentic and Alternative Assessments
Incorporate Portfolios
Prepare Rubrics and Scoring Guides
Understand the Results of Standardized Testing
Develop an Assessment Blueprint
Make Sure the Process Makes Sense for Everyone...
Connect the Learning to Reach Students' Lives
Create Constructivist Classrooms
Clarify Misconceptions
Select Questions Effectively
Consider Various Approaches to Asking Questions
Analyze Current Events to Prepare Informed Citizens
Address Controversial Issues
Draw on the Essential Questions of Science
Make Linkages Among Science, Technology, and Society
Advance Your Classroom Discussions
Conduct a Benefit/Risk Analysis
Involve Students in Project-Based Learning
Integrate Twenty-First-Century Learning Skills
Look for More Ideas
Reinforce How Science Impacts Society and Our Personal Lives...
Develop Literacy to Build Science Skills
Introduce Literacy Processes and Outcomes
Develop Vocabulary and Concepts
Develop Characteristics of Expert Readers
Use the Textbook as a Tool
Start With Reading Anticipation Activities
Assign Reading
Facilitate Reading Response Strategies
Include All Kinds of Text
Support Struggling Readers and English Language Learners
Integrate Various Types of Writing
Grant Your Students Writing P.O.W.E.R.
Try the DRAFT Writing Process
Develop Observation Skills
Reference Current and Historical Events
Equip Your Students to Communicate Science...
Plan With Students in Mind to Prepare Your Teaching
Select Your Units of Learning
Highlight Concepts
Emphasize Significant Themes of Science
Teach Societal Issues
Envision Your Planning Schema
Follow a Consistent Lesson Plan Format
Understand Attention Span
Captivate Students as You Open Lessons
Begin the Learning Experience
Start With Some Direct Teaching
Feature Indirect Teaching
Reinforce Learning During Closure
Assign Homework
Use Block Scheduling Wisely
Make the Most of Your Time....
Incorporate Resources to Make Science Real
Set the Stage
Introduce Models and Specimens
Bring in Plants and Animals
Teach With Toys
Feature Science Literature, Poetry, and Humor
Draw From Science Fiction to Teach Science Facts
Explore the Rich History of Science
Incorporate Multimedia Selections
Take Field Trips
Follow Guidelines for Taking Field Trips
Consider Virtual Field Trips
Conduct Virtual Dissections and Experiments
Become a Role Model of Resourcefulness...
Integrate Technology to Enrich Learning
Take a Technology Inventory
Plan for Computer Use
Organize Your Resources
Improve Administrativia
Improve Teaching With Technology Tools
Have Students Communicate Electronically
Calculate and Probe Hands-On Science
Position Your Students for Learning
Investigate Critical Thinking Interactives
Utilize Teacher Utilities
Tap the Audience With a Response System
Consider a Few More Web Resources
Demonstrate the Cutting Edge of Science...
Seek Powerful Activities to Engage Learners
Participate in Competitions and Programs
Showcase Science Fair Projects
Encourage Individual Competitions
Team Up for Collaborative Competitions
Connect to Careers
Invite Guest Speakers
Prepare Students to Be a Receptive Audience
Develop Science Activities in Your School
Celebrate Learning Through Science
Offer Service-Learning Opportunities
Sponsor a Club
Check out Community Resources
Start a School Resource Bank
Have Fun With Science...
Collaborate With Colleagues to Expand Opportunities
Contemplate the Collaborative Nature of Scientific Discovery
Examine Collaborative Concepts and Practices
Adopt the Secrets of Successful Collaborators
Consider Various Teaming Configurations
Weigh Pros and Cons of Team Teaching Carefully
Understand School Organizational Patterns
Make the Most of Departmentalization
Integrate Science Across the Curriculum
Talk to Technology Specialists
Team Up With Instructional Aides to Support Students
Contact Other Employees in the District
See Science in Society and the World
Integrate Science Naturally...
Reflect on Your Practice to Fortify Your Future
Look Back to Look Ahead
Reflect on Learning With Purpose
Evaluate Your Curriculum
Make a Difference at the School or District Level
Join Professional Organizations
Attend a Science Education Conference
Find a Mentor
Earn a Graduate Degree or Additional Credential
Look at Science Literature
Apply the Findings of Research in Science Education
Engage in Scientific Research
Consider National Board Certification
Keep an Open and Active Mind
Become the Teacher You Always Wanted to Be...
Science Safety Checklist
Science Textbook Evaluation Tool
Detailed Lesson Plan Guide
Abbreviated Lesson Plan Guide
Curriculum Evaluation Guide for Science
Readings and References
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