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TExES Physical Science 6-12: Teaching & Learning Science - Chapter Summary
The lessons in this chapter provide an overview of how students understand scientific inquiry and strategies for teaching in a diverse classroom. You'll also explore ways to encourage student self-motivation and aid student comprehension using instructional strategies. Once you have grasped the concepts discussed in these lessons, you should be able to answer relevant questions you will encounter on the TExES Physical Science 6-12 exam. You'll also be able to do the following:
- Understand the teacher's role in developing the total school program
- Detail learning environments focused on scientific investigation
- Design and conduct inquiry-based scientific investigations
- Promote logical reasoning and scientific problem solving in students
- Design and use assessments based on curriculum
- Use informal and formal assessments to test scientific inquiry
- Explain how to evaluate assessment instruments and their results
Narrative text in the lessons is supported by illustrations and examples to facilitate the learning experience. Self-assessment quizzes accompanying each lesson allow you to review what you have learned using the same multiple-choice format you will find on the actual TExES Physical Science 6-12 exam.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10. 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.
11. 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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Other chapters within the TExES Physical Science 6-12 (237): Practice & Study Guide course
- TExES Physical Science 6-12: Overview of Physical Science
- TExES Physical Science 6-12: Scientific Research & Processes
- TExES Physical Science 6-12: Laboratory Equipment
- TExES Physical Science 6-12: Scientific Systems
- TExES Physical Science 6-12: Scientific Models
- TExES Physical Science 6-12: Basics of Motion
- TExES Physical Science 6-12: Fluid Mechanics
- TExES Physical Science 6-12: Newton's Laws of Motion
- TExES Physical Science 6-12: Laws of Gravitation
- TExES Physical Science 6-12: Electrical Forces & Fields
- TExES Physical Science 6-12: Electricity & Magnetism
- TExES Physical Science 6-12: Electromagnetic Potential & Capacitance
- TExES Physical Science 6-12: Work, Energy & Power
- TExES Physical Science 6-12: Linear & Angular Momentum
- TExES Physical Science 6-12: Heat, Energy & Thermodynamics
- TExES Physical Science 6-12: Optics & Waves
- TExES Physical Science 6-12: Quantum Physics
- TExES Physical Science 6-12: Basics of Matter
- TExES Physical Science 6-12: Atomic Structure
- TExES Physical Science 6-12: The Periodic Table
- TExES Physical Science 6-12: Properties of Gases
- TExES Physical Science 6-12: Ionic & Covalent Bonds
- TExES Physical Science 6-12: Chemical Equations & Reactions
- TExES Physical Science 6-12: Chemical Reaction Equilibrium
- TExES Physical Science 6-12: Properties of Solutions
- TExES Physical Science 6-12: Energy Transformations
- TExES Physical Science 6-12: Radioactivity
- TExES Physical Science 6-12: Oxidation & Reduction Reactions
- TExES Physical Science 6-12: Acids & Bases in Chemistry
- TExES Physical Science 6-12 Flashcards