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Essentials of Science Classroom Assessment

Essentials of Science Classroom Assessment Author Xiufeng Liu
ISBN-10 9781412961011
Release 2010
Pages 199
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Grounded in the constructivist inquiry approach to science teaching and learning, Essentials of Science Classroom Assessment bridges science assessment research and practice, and connects science assessment and learning. This book will help students in science methods courses to develop essential skills in conducting science assessment to support student learning. The chapters parallel a typical structure of a science methods course, making the integration of this text into a science methods course seamless. Due to its practical and concise nature, this book is also ideal for practicing science teachers to use as a professional development resource.



Priorities in Practice

Priorities in Practice Author Rick Allen
ISBN-10 9781416605294
Release 2006
Pages 134
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How can elementary school teachers--the proverbial jacks-of-all-trades--feel more confident in their knowledge of science and teach science more effectively? The Essentials of Science, K-6 aims to unleash every elementary educator's inner science teacher. Through a plethora of classroom examples, interviews with award-winning elementary science teachers and science education experts, and a wide-ranging look at recent research examining the state of science education, readers will learn * How to align curriculum to state standards using such practices as backward design. * How to use inquiry-based science to infuse meaning into class investigations and teach students problem-solving skills. * Strategies for engaging students and keeping the curriculum fresh. * Ways to increase English language learners' participation in and understanding of science. * How to use formative assessment techniques to determine what students know both before and during lessons. * How professional development can orient teachers to new content and to a deeper way of seeing the natural world. With the right practices, science teachers can make their students' journey into learning about the natural world both productive and enjoyable.The Essentials of Science, K-6 provides practical information to help teachers reflect on their own approaches to teaching science and make the transition from apprehension to self-assurance.



The Essentials of Science Grades 7 12

The Essentials of Science  Grades 7 12 Author Rick Allen
ISBN-10 9781416605720
Release 2007
Pages 141
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Where is U.S. secondary-level science education heading today? That's the question that The Essentials of Science, Grades 7-12 sets out to answer. Over the last century, U.S. science classes have consistently relied on lectures, textbooks, rote memorization, and lab demonstrations. But with the onset of NCLB-mandated science testing and increased concern over the United States' diminishing global stature in science and technology, public pressure is mounting to educate students for a deeper conceptual understanding of science. Through lively examples of classroom practice, interviews with award-winning science teachers and science education experts, and a wide-ranging look at research, readers will learn * How to make use of research within the cognitive sciences to foster critical thinking and deeper understanding. * How to use backward design to bring greater coherence to the curriculum. * Innovative, engaging ideas for implementing scientific inquiry in the classroom. * Holistic strategies to address the complex problems of the achievement gap, equity, and resources in the science classroom. * Strategies for dealing with both day-to-day and NCLB assessments. * How professional learning communities and mentoring can help teachers reexamine and improve their practice. Today's secondary science teachers are faced with an often-overwhelming array of challenges. The Essentials of Science, Grades 7-12 can help educators negotiate these challenges while making their careers more productive and rewarding.



The Essentials of Science Grades K 6

The Essentials of Science  Grades K 6 Author Rick Allen
ISBN-10 9781416617815
Release 2006-12-15
Pages 134
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How can elementary school teachers--the proverbial jacks-of-all-trades--feel more confident in their knowledge of science and teach science more effectively? The Essentials of Science, K-6 aims to unleash every elementary educator's inner science teacher. Through a plethora of classroom examples, interviews with award-winning elementary science teachers and science education experts, and a wide-ranging look at recent research examining the state of science education, readers will learn * How to align curriculum to state standards using such practices as backward design. * How to use inquiry-based science to infuse meaning into class investigations and teach students problem-solving skills. * Strategies for engaging students and keeping the curriculum fresh. * Ways to increase English language learners' participation in and understanding of science. * How to use formative assessment techniques to determine what students know both before and during lessons. * How professional development can orient teachers to new content and to a deeper way of seeing the natural world. With the right practices, science teachers can make their students' journey into learning about the natural world both productive and enjoyable.The Essentials of Science, K-6 provides practical information to help teachers reflect on their own approaches to teaching science and make the transition from apprehension to self-assurance.



Classroom Assessment in Action

Classroom Assessment in Action Author Mark D. Shermis
ISBN-10 9781442208384
Release 2011-04-16
Pages 560
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Classroom Assessment in Action clarifies the multi-faceted roles of measurement and assessment and their applications in a classroom setting. Comprehensive in scope, Shermis and Di Vesta explain basic measurement concepts and show students how to interpret the results of standardized tests. From these basic concepts, the authors then provide clear and ordered discussions of how assessment and instruction is integrated into a functional process to enhance student learning. Guidelines are set forth for constructing various common assessments. Procedures are laid out to evaluate and improve assessments once they are constructed. And, ultimately, the authors shed light on the myriad of factors that impact test score interpretation.



Classroom Assessment Techniques

Classroom Assessment Techniques Author Thomas A. Angelo
ISBN-10 0787982369
Release 2005-04
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This revised and greatly expanded edition of the 1988 handbook offers teachers at all levels how-to advise on classroom assessment, including: What classroom assessment entails and how it works. How to plan, implement, and analyze assessment projects. Twelve case studies that detail the real-life classroom experiences of teachers carrying out successful classroom assessment projects. Fifty classroom assessment techniques Step-by-step procedures for administering the techniques Practical advice on how to analyze your data Order your copy today.



Science Formative Assessment

Science Formative Assessment Author Page Keeley
ISBN-10 9781452280691
Release 2008-03-15
Pages 248
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Use assessment to inform instruction and learning in the science classroom! Science education expert Page Keeley shares 75 specific techniques that help K–12 science teachers determine students’ understanding of key concepts and design learning opportunities that will deepen students’ mastery of content and standards. These flexible assessments can be used with any science curriculum, and the author describes: How each technique promotes student learning Considerations for design and implementation, such as required materials, timing, modeling the technique, and grouping students Modifications for different types of students or purposes Ways the techniques can be used in other content areas



Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards

Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards Author National Research Council
ISBN-10 9780309289542
Release 2014-05-29
Pages 288
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Assessments, understood as tools for tracking what and how well students have learned, play a critical role in the classroom. Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards develops an approach to science assessment to meet the vision of science education for the future as it has been elaborated in A Framework for K-12 Science Education (Framework) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These documents are brand new and the changes they call for are barely under way, but the new assessments will be needed as soon as states and districts begin the process of implementing the NGSS and changing their approach to science education. The new Framework and the NGSS are designed to guide educators in significantly altering the way K-12 science is taught. The Framework is aimed at making science education more closely resemble the way scientists actually work and think, and making instruction reflect research on learning that demonstrates the importance of building coherent understandings over time. It structures science education around three dimensions - the practices through which scientists and engineers do their work, the key crosscutting concepts that cut across disciplines, and the core ideas of the disciplines - and argues that they should be interwoven in every aspect of science education, building in sophistication as students progress through grades K-12. Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards recommends strategies for developing assessments that yield valid measures of student proficiency in science as described in the new Framework. This report reviews recent and current work in science assessment to determine which aspects of the Framework's vision can be assessed with available techniques and what additional research and development will be needed to support an assessment system that fully meets that vision. The report offers a systems approach to science assessment, in which a range of assessment strategies are designed to answer different kinds of questions with appropriate degrees of specificity and provide results that complement one another. Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards makes the case that a science assessment system that meets the Framework's vision should consist of assessments designed to support classroom instruction, assessments designed to monitor science learning on a broader scale, and indicators designed to track opportunity to learn. New standards for science education make clear that new modes of assessment designed to measure the integrated learning they promote are essential. The recommendations of this report will be key to making sure that the dramatic changes in curriculum and instruction signaled by Framework and the NGSS reduce inequities in science education and raise the level of science education for all students.



Engineering Essentials for STEM Instruction

Engineering Essentials for STEM Instruction Author Pamela Truesdell
ISBN-10 9781416619055
Release 2014
Pages 55
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A straightforward look at how to begin addressing the "E" in STEM instruction in a way that's engaging, motivating, and linked to key content, standards, and 21st century skills.



Assessment Essentials for Standards Based Education

Assessment Essentials for Standards Based Education Author James H. McMillan
ISBN-10 9781412955508
Release 2008-04-16
Pages 167
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This revised edition shows educators how to integrate assessment with teaching and learning and offers new chapters that discuss a variety of assessment and grading techniques.



Assessment in the College Science Classroom

Assessment in the College Science Classroom Author Clarissa Dirks
ISBN-10 1429281979
Release 2014-04-11
Pages 205
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Like all titles in the Scientific Teaching Series, Assessment in the College Classroom will provide an introduction to assessment techniques (formative and summative), including an introduction to the literature that supports these efforts and their practical application in the classroom. Many of the chapters address using pre-existing assessment tools (Backward Design, Bloom’s taxonomy, etc.) for guiding effective teaching and learning.



Proven Programs in Education Classroom Management and Assessment

Proven Programs in Education  Classroom Management and Assessment Author Robert E. Slavin
ISBN-10 9781483319971
Release 2014-05-12
Pages 160
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Evidence-based best practices that improve classroom environments and assessment techniques! If your goal is a smoother-running, participatory classroom and improved student achievement, you’ll find essential best practices in this new resource. Robert Slavin, Professor and Chairman of the Success for All Foundation, has gathered insights and findings from more than 25 leading education researchers, presented in succinct chapters focused on key aspects of teaching and classroom management practice. Readers will find: Strategies for assessment that address use of formative approaches, adaptation for differentiation and the Common Core, and more Proven techniques for classroom management, including immediate positive steps that teachers can take User-friendly content supported by quick-read charts and graphs



Essential Questions

Essential Questions Author Jay McTighe
ISBN-10 9781416615705
Release 2013-04-09
Pages 119
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What are "essential questions," and how do they differ from other kinds of questions? What's so great about them? Why should you design and use essential questions in your classroom? Essential questions (EQs) help target standards as you organize curriculum content into coherent units that yield focused and thoughtful learning. In the classroom, EQs are used to stimulate students' discussions and promote a deeper understanding of the content. Whether you are an Understanding by Design (UbD) devotee or are searching for ways to address standards--local or Common Core State Standards--in an engaging way, Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins provide practical guidance on how to design, initiate, and embed inquiry-based teaching and learning in your classroom. Offering dozens of examples, the authors explore the usefulness of EQs in all K-12 content areas, including skill-based areas such as math, PE, language instruction, and arts education. As an important element of their backward design approach to designing curriculum, instruction, and assessment, the authors *Give a comprehensive explanation of why EQs are so important; *Explore seven defining characteristics of EQs; *Distinguish between topical and overarching questions and their uses; *Outline the rationale for using EQs as the focal point in creating units of study; and *Show how to create effective EQs, working from sources including standards, desired understandings, and student misconceptions. Using essential questions can be challenging--for both teachers and students--and this book provides guidance through practical and proven processes, as well as suggested "response strategies" to encourage student engagement. Finally, you will learn how to create a culture of inquiry so that all members of the educational community--students, teachers, and administrators--benefit from the increased rigor and deepened understanding that emerge when essential questions become a guiding force for learners of all ages.



Formative Assessment Strategies for Enhanced Learning in Science K 8

Formative Assessment Strategies for Enhanced Learning in Science  K 8 Author Elizabeth Hammerman
ISBN-10 9781412962964
Release 2009
Pages 129
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Ideal for preservice and inservice teachers, this user-friendly resource demonstrates how to use formative assessments to guide instruction and evaluate student learning in standards-based science.



Essentials of elementary science

Essentials of elementary science Author Daniel C. Dobey
ISBN-10 UVA:X004745957
Release 2003-07-04
Pages 232
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Essentials of Elementary Science presents pertinent research, valued classroom methodology, and current practice in teaching elementary science at a length, format, and price perfect for the undergraduate course in science methods. It is ideal for block courses where more than one content area's methods are taught, or for general methods courses where the instructor would like more coverage of specific subjects.



Engaging Young Children With Informational Books

Engaging Young Children With Informational Books Author Helen Patrick
ISBN-10 9781412986700
Release 2013-10-10
Pages 232
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Make informational books part of the K-2 learn-to-read experience—with strategies for shared reading, writing activities, ways to guide parent involvement, and real-life success stories.



Eight Essentials of Inquiry Based Science K 8

Eight Essentials of Inquiry Based Science  K 8 Author Elizabeth Hammerman
ISBN-10 141291499X
Release 2006
Pages 149
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Examines the goals of teaching inquiry-based techniques in science and uses sample lessons to illustrate ways to achieve those goals.