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|Grade Level:||Middle School, High School
|Read Inside:||Read a sample chapter: The First Week
Make science an exhilarating process of discovery! Through a wealth of creative write-to-learn strategies, this book offers inspiring techniques to coax out the reluctant scientists in your classroom. Newly updated and expanded, this NSTA best seller is a storehouse of practical ideas and examples for use with students at all ability levels. It provides classroom-tested writing activities that you can:
• Introduce during the first week of class to build positive attitudes among students toward the subject of science, and toward you;
• Use at different stages in a learning unit and for quick review; and
• Adapt to help students write for different audiences, write to better understand the textbook, and write lab reports, research papers, and essay tests.
Added to this edition is a special section, “How Science Portfolio Assessment Can Improve Student Writing,” that describes ways portfolios help students focus on their work throughout the year, document science concepts they’ve mastered—or not—and serve as powerful assessment tools. There are many books about writing to learn, most authored by education or English professors who focus on theories of writing. This book is different—it’s full of classroom-tested, pragmatic approaches from high school science teachers who used the ideas to make teaching and learning more creative endeavors. The authors put their own good advice to work, writing in an appealing, personal style to convey teaching concepts and learning goals. As Bob Tierney says, expressive writing is “a vehicle for the exhilaration of discovery.”
Ideas For Use
How to… Write to Learn Science focuses on building trust and tapping students’ creativity, allowing them to express science concepts in their own words instead of memorizing them from a textbook. The book also offers options for managing writing evaluations without becoming swamped with paperwork. Newly updated and expanded with a section on portfolio assessment, this NSTA best seller is a storehouse of ideas and examples that will release the reluctant scientists (and writers) in your classroom.
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Scientific habits of mind
|Intended User Role:||Curriculum Supervisor, High-School Educator, Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
|Educational Issues:||Achievement, Assessment of students, Classroom management, Curriculum, Educational research, Equity, Inquiry learning, Instructional materials, Interdisciplinary, Learning theory, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies
Teaching and Writing: Similar Endeavors
The First Week
Varying the Audience
Elements of a Learning Unit
The Reading-Writing Connection
Lab Report Writing
Open-Ended, Critical-Thinking Exercises
Student Research Papers
Managing the Paperwork Load
Alleviating Parental Concerns
Wrapping Up a Unit
How Science Portfolio Assessment Can Improve Student Writing
By John Dorroh
About the Authors
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National Standards Correlation
This resource has 10 correlations with the National Standards.
- Science as Inquiry
- Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
- Communicate investigations and explanations.
- Use appropriate tools and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret data.
- Think critically and logically to make the relationships between evidence and explanations.
- Understandings about scientific inquiry
- Scientists develop explanations using observations (evidence) and what they already know about the world (scientific knowledge). Good explanations are based on evidence from investigations. (K-4)
- Content Standards
- Prepares educators to understand and appreciate all students, create safe, orderly and supportive learning environments, and hold high expectations for their academic achievement. (NSDC)
- 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 guide and facilitate learning. In doing this, teachers
- Encourage and model the skills of scientific inquiry, as well as the curiosity, openness to new ideas and data, and skepticism that characterize science.
- Focus and support inquiries while interacting with students.
- 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.
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