|Type of Product:||e-Book (our e-books are in PDF format and can be viewed on your computer or any compatible reading device) (also see print version of this book)
|Grade Level:||Middle School
|Read Inside:||Read a sample chapter: Metrics and Measurement
Like your own personal survival guide, Help! I’m Teaching Middle School Science is a nontechnical how-to manual—especially for first-year teachers. But even veteran teachers can benefit from the plentiful ideas, examples, and tips on teaching science the way middle-schoolers learn best.
The book covers all the basics: what to do on the first day of school (including icebreaker activities), preparing safe and effective lab lessons, managing the classroom, and working with in-school teams as well as parents. But its practical—and encouraging—approach doesn’t mean it shortchanges the basics of effective pedagogy. You’ll learn how to handle cooperative learning and assessment, how to help students write effectively, and the importance of modeling for early adolescents.
Applicable National Science Education Standards and helpful resources and references are provided throughout the text. In addition to a wealth of reproducible field trip permission forms, lab report formats, and measurement and safety quizzes, you get low-cost recipes for salt crystals, culture medium, fun putty, and the ever-popular “oobleck.” Help! is just the lively resource you need to see you through your first months—and beyond!
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|Intended User Role:||Middle-Level Educator, New Teacher, Teacher
|Educational Issues:||Achievement, Assessment of students, Classroom management, Community involvement, Curriculum, Inclusion, Informal education, Inquiry learning, Learning theory, Professional development, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies
• About the Authors
• Chapter 1: Why Did We Write This Book?
• Chapter 2: The First Day
• Chapter 3: Best Practices
• Chapter 4: Lab Set-Up and Safety
• Chapter 5: Cooperative Learning and Assessment
• Chapter 6: Writing for Science
• Chapter 7: Adapting Labs and Troubleshooting
• Chapter 8: Modeling and Demonstrations
• Chapter 9: Metrics and Measurement
• Chapter 10: Classroom Management
• Chapter 11: Using Your Community Resources
• Chapter 12: Teaming
• Chapter 13: Substitute Teachers
• Chapter 14: The End?
• Appendix A: Tests and Forms
• Appendix B: Recipes
• Appendix C: Resources
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National Standards Correlation
This resource has 5 correlations with the National Standards.
- Teaching Standards
- Teachers of science plan an inquiry-based science program for their students.
- Select science content and adapt and design curricula to meet the interests, knowledge, understanding, abilities, and experiences of students.
- Select teaching and assessment strategies that support the development of student understanding and nurture a community of science learners.
- Teachers of science engage in ongoing assessment of their teaching and of student learning.
- Use multiple methods and systematically gather data about student understanding and ability.
- Teachers provide students with the time, space, and resources needed to learn science.
- Create a setting for student work that is flexible and supportive of science inquiry.
- Make the available science tools, materials, media, and technological resources accessible to students.
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