Ch 14: TExES Chemistry: Teaching & Assessing Scientific Inquiry

About This Chapter

Use our lessons and quizzes to review strategies and methods for teaching science at the 7-12 grade levels. This review prepares you for related questions on the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) Chemistry exam.

TExES Chemistry: Teaching & Assessing Scientific Inquiry - Chapter Summary

This chapter's lessons can enhance your comprehension of how to teach and assess scientific inquiry. As you work through this chapter, you'll study influences on how students understand scientific inquiry, ways to encourage student engagement and self-motivation, and strategies for teaching in a diverse classroom environment. Additional topics include aiding student comprehension using instructional strategies, the teacher's role in development of the total school program and learning environments are focused on scientific investigation. The lessons are designed to help you do well on the TExES Chemistry exam by assisting you in achieving the following goals:

  • Design and conduct inquiry-based scientific investigations
  • Promote logical reasoning skills in students
  • Design and use assessments based on curriculum
  • Maximize the student's experience using assessments
  • Test scientific inquiry knowledge using formal and informal assessments
  • Evaluate assessment instruments and scientific questions
  • Choose a method for investigating a scientific question
  • Develop a scientific hypothesis

Instructors relate the material in a simple and engaging way, covering topics you will encounter on the actual TExES Chemistry exam. Quizzes can be re-taken as often as needed to ensure your proficiency in this area. Help from one of our experts is available via the Dashboard if needed.

15 Lessons in Chapter 14: TExES Chemistry: Teaching & Assessing Scientific Inquiry
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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 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.

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.

How to Evaluate Scientific Questions

13. How to Evaluate Scientific Questions

Learn about what makes a good scientific and testable question. Then look at various ways to improve non-scientific questions to make them more scientific.

Choosing a Method for Investigating a Scientific Question

14. Choosing a Method for Investigating a Scientific Question

Scientists spend their lives investigating the world. But there are many ways a scientist can investigate a topic. Learn about the various methods scientists use to investigate topic, and how they choose a method by understanding their strengths and weaknesses.

Developing a Scientific Hypothesis

15. Developing a Scientific Hypothesis

This video describes how to create a hypothesis and includes the three main things needed to create a strong hypothesis. You'll learn how to make a clear statement that can be both tested and measured.

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