Exemplary Science in Grades 5-8

Exemplary Science in Grades 5-8

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Do the Standards really matter in middle school? Nine years after the National Science Education Standards' release, just how well do science teachers in grades 5 to 8 actually use them to plan content, define improved teaching, and assess real learning? Find out the answers to these key quesitons in this groundbreaking collection of 15 essays by teachers, researchers, and professors whose specialty is middle school. Nine years after the release of the Standards, these educators describe what they're doing to achieve the visions for the reform of teaching, assessment, professionaldevelopment, and content. All the visions correspond to the Less Emphasis and More Emphasis conditions that conclude each section of the Standards, characterizing what most teachers and programs should do less of as well as decribing the changes needed if real reform is to occur. Among this collection's wide-ranging essay topics: qTeaching Science With Student Thinking in Mind, q qThe Relationship Between a Professional Devleopment Model and Student Achievement, q qCreating a Classroom Culture of Scientific Practices, q qTraveling the Inquiry Continuum: Learning Through Teacher Action Research, q qWhat Do We Get to Do Today? The Middle School Full Option Science System Program, q and qTeach Them to Fish.q This volume is the third in NSTA Press's Exemplary Science monograph series, which provides the results of an unprecedented national search to assess how well the Standards' vision has been realized.In the closure at the end of the class period, I ask students to share their findings and conclusions. There is class ... The traditional assessments I use include practical lab exams, unit tests, and the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS). The latter is aanbsp;...

Title:Exemplary Science in Grades 5-8
Author:Robert Eugene Yager
Publisher:NSTA Press - 2006


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