Ch 36: Teaching Strategies for High School Science

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Prepare for an important upcoming exam with ease using this helpful chapter on teaching strategies for high school science. You can work at your own pace as you complete these short video lessons and answer the questions on the self-assessment quizzes.

Teaching Strategies for High School Science - Chapter Summary

The expert instruction in this chapter on effective teaching strategies for high school science makes these topics easy to understand. You'll view concise lessons on the scaffolding and constructivism theories of Jerome Bruner, cooperative learning in the classroom and inquiry-based learning models. Additional topics include how the maturity levels of students can impact learning, ways to assess students' subject matter knowledge, instructional strategies for science lessons and the difference between whole-class and small-group instruction. After you complete this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain scientific tools and their uses
  • Outline technology in the science classroom
  • Define prior knowledge and the theory associated with it
  • Encourage student engagement and self-motivation
  • Use and create graphic and physical models in science
  • Detail the characteristics of at-risk students
  • Identify differentiated instruction in science
  • Utilize effective strategies to teach ELL science

Even if you've fallen behind with high school science teaching strategies, this chapter can help you quickly review and master the information you need to know. Each lesson is accompanied by a short self-assessment quiz so you can see if you're ready for your test. Our experts are available if you need any assistance along the way.

15 Lessons in Chapter 36: Teaching Strategies for High School Science
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Jerome Bruner: Scaffolding and Constructivism Theories

1. Jerome Bruner: Scaffolding and Constructivism Theories

Find out who Jerome Bruner is, and his role in identifying theories of scaffolding and constructivism. Read the lesson, then take a brief quiz to test your new knowledge about education theories.

Cooperative and Collaborative Learning in the Classroom

2. Cooperative and Collaborative Learning in the Classroom

It's extremely common for teachers to require students to work in groups. However, certain types of groups and activities are preferred over others. In this lesson, we define cooperative learning and discuss its advantages in the classroom. We also define collaborative learning and explain how it is different than cooperative learning.

Inquiry-Based Learning: Definition, Examples & Model

3. Inquiry-Based Learning: Definition, Examples & Model

Inquiry-based learning is a strategy for helping students take ownership of their learning goals in an engaging way. In this lesson, we will examine inquiry-based learning by defining what it means, and looking at examples from two different instructional models.

How Students' Maturity Levels Impact Learning

4. How Students' Maturity Levels Impact Learning

This lesson provides an overview of cognitive and social maturity, and how they affect the success of learners of all ages. It covers related relevant research and offers helpful suggestions for addressing learner maturity in the classroom.

How to Assess & Improve Students' Subject Matter Knowledge

5. How to Assess & Improve Students' Subject Matter Knowledge

In this lesson, we will learn ways that teachers can use diagnostic and formative assessments to support student achievement towards mastery of subject matter content.

Instructional Strategies for Science Lessons

6. Instructional Strategies for Science Lessons

Having the skills to read science texts is vital to students' success. How can teachers plan instruction so all students learn scientific concepts? This lesson will teach instructional strategies for all learners.

Whole-Class vs. Small-Group Instruction

7. Whole-Class vs. Small-Group Instruction

Throughout the day, you are going to want to use a variety of grouping techniques for different activities and lessons. Two main grouping techniques are whole-class and small-group instruction. This lesson will define these types of groups and detail when they are most useful.

Scientific Tools and Their Uses

8. Scientific Tools and Their Uses

A scientist relies on tools to help make observations, carry out experiments and take measurements. Learn about the scientific tools used in a lab and the advanced tools used by scientists in the life sciences.

Technology in the Science Classroom

9. Technology in the Science Classroom

Technology integration in the science classroom can be approached in several different ways. In this lesson, we'll look at technology integration from a conventional inquiry-based instruction approach, as well as the levels of technology integration that can be applied to the science classroom.

Prior Knowledge: Definition & Theory

10. Prior Knowledge: Definition & Theory

Have you ever noticed that sometimes it is really easy for you to learn something new but some things are harder to learn? In this lesson, we'll define prior knowledge and why it can make learning new things easier. We'll also explore different strategies to activate prior knowledge.

How to Encourage Student Self-Motivation & Engagement

11. How to Encourage Student Self-Motivation & Engagement

The two of the most important factors in educational success are 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.

Creating & Using Physical & Graphic Models in Science

12. Creating & Using Physical & Graphic Models in Science

The earth is enormous! Studying the earth can be overwhelming because of its size and scope, so models of it are made to make it easier to understand. In this lesson, we will explore physical and graphical models, including what they are used for and how they are made.

At-Risk Students: Definition, Characteristics & Programs

13. At-Risk Students: Definition, Characteristics & Programs

This lesson examines the term 'at-risk' as it pertains to our students in education. We'll look at warning signs for at-risk students, both those that are easy to recognize and those that may be less obvious. Finally, we look at different programs schools offer to assist these students.

Differentiated Instruction in Science

14. Differentiated Instruction in Science

In this lesson, we'll explain what differentiated instruction is in science. We'll look at explicit strategies to differentiate content for a classroom of regular education students and students with mild to moderate disabilities.

Strategies for Teaching ELL Science

15. Strategies for Teaching ELL Science

In this lesson, you will learn some tips and advice for teaching science to ELL learners, including those related to vocabulary, experiments, videos and reading assignments that'll help you make sure that your students know what you are talking about!

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