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Ch 30: Learning & Instruction for the Science Classroom

About This Chapter

This chapter dissects learning and instruction for the science classroom. Within, you'll find lessons detailing methods and considerations to take into account when trying to create a stimulating scientific atmosphere in the classroom.

Learning & Instruction for the Science Classroom - Chapter Summary

This chapter goes over various strategies for teaching science effectively. The lessons within focus on aspects of science classrooms such as designing and using assessments, understanding how students receive scientific material and more. Topics covered include:

  • Methods of teaching in a diverse classroom
  • Fostering self-motivation in students
  • The role of the teacher in creating total school programs
  • Learning environments centered around scientific investigation
  • Inquiry-based scientific investigating
  • Encouraging reasoning and scientific problem-solving

The dashboard feature makes staying organized simple, allowing you to get a quick glance at your recent activity and progress through the lessons. While there, you can also consider checking out links to relevant practice quizzes and additional courses to supplement your learning. At the end of the chapter, you'll be able to assess your overall comprehension of the material through a practice final exam.

12 Lessons in Chapter 30: Learning & Instruction for the Science Classroom
Influences on How Students Understand Scientific Inquiry

1. Influences on How Students Understand Scientific Inquiry

In this lesson, we will explore the development of scientific thinking as we learn ways for teachers to support students as they develop focused questions, make explorations, and articulate their findings.

Strategies for Teaching in a Diverse Classroom

2. Strategies for Teaching in a Diverse Classroom

The classroom is getting more diverse every day. Learn how to teach effectively in a diverse classroom, and give every student a chance to succeed. See how effective this lesson was by taking a quiz.

How to Encourage Student Self-Motivation & Engagement

3. How to Encourage Student Self-Motivation & Engagement

The single most important factor in educational success is the student's motivation and level of engagement in the academic environment. In this lesson, we will explore ways to encourage student self-motivation and engagement.

Using Instructional Strategies to Aid in Student Comprehension

4. Using Instructional Strategies to Aid in Student Comprehension

In this lesson we will examine some teaching strategies for teachers to use before, during, and after reading a selection to help students better comprehend new information.

The Teacher's Role in Developing the Total School Program

5. The Teacher's Role in Developing the Total School Program

As a teacher, you bring curriculum plans and objectives to life for your students. In this lesson, we will explore your role in developing powerful and comprehensive instructional programs that incorporate school-wide objectives and the statewide curriculum.

Learning Environments Focused on Scientific Investigation

6. Learning Environments Focused on Scientific Investigation

Learn about why it's useful to teach through scientific investigation. Find out about the benefits and the challenges. Take a quiz to see what you can remember.

Designing & Conducting Inquiry-Based Scientific Investigations

7. Designing & Conducting Inquiry-Based Scientific Investigations

In this lesson you'll be exploring the exciting world of inquiry-based learning in science. If you're ready to have your students lead the lessons and create their own questions about the world, this is the place to start.

Promoting Logical Reasoning & Scientific Problem Solving in Students

8. Promoting Logical Reasoning & Scientific Problem Solving in Students

Logical reasoning is a practical skill students need to learn in order to be successful in math and science courses. In this lesson, we will look at the challenges to teaching logical reasoning. Additionally, we will look at teaching logic in the context of science.

Designing & Using Assessments Based on Curriculum

9. Designing & Using Assessments Based on Curriculum

Assessments based on curriculum tend to deliver consistent, effective results for a given curriculum design. In this lesson we will discuss the design of curriculum-based assessments and how to use them.

Maximizing the Student's Experience with Assessments

10. Maximizing the Student's Experience with Assessments

In this lesson, we will discuss three common types of assessments, what they entail and how to administer them in order to maximize the student's learning experience. The lesson will be broad and universal so that these assessment types will be useful for any subject.

Using Formal & Informal Assessments to Test Scientific Inquiry

11. Using Formal & Informal Assessments to Test Scientific Inquiry

Scientific inquiry is an important skill for learners at all grade levels. In order to assess this type of learning, science educators should use a mixture of formal and informal assessments. Learn about characteristics and examples of each type.

How to Evaluate Assessment Instruments & Their Results

12. How to Evaluate Assessment Instruments & Their Results

Assessments play a big part in the decision-making process of educators. In this lesson, we will look at key characteristics such as validity, reliability and variability, and discuss how they can help educators better evaluate the effectiveness of their instruments.

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