"A very exciting and user-friendly text, dealing with standards and making practical connections to assessment and teaching, and with excellent examples throughout."
-Gary Willhite, Teacher Educator
Southern Illinois University
Create a new vision for high quality science teaching!
In today’s standards-based educational climate, teachers are challenged to create meaningful learning experiences while meeting specific goals and accountability targets. In her essential new book, Elizabeth Hammerman brings more than 20 years as a science educator and consultant to help teachers connect all of the critical elements of first-rate curriculum and instruction.
With this simple, straight-on guide, teachers can analyze their existing curriculum and instruction against a rubric of indicators of critical characteristics, related standards, concept development, and teaching strategies to develop students’ scientific literacy at the highest levels. Every chapter is packed with charts, sample lesson ideas, reflection and discussion prompts, and more, to help teachers expand their capacity for success.
Hammerman describes what exceptional teaching looks like in the classroom and provides practical, teacher-friendly strategies to make it happen. This research-based resource will help teachers:
- Reinforce understanding of standards-based concepts and inquiry
- Add new content, methods, and strategies for instruction and assessment
- Create rich learning environments
- Maximize instructional time
- Ask probing questions and sharpen discussion
- Include technology
- Gather classroom evidence of student achievement to inform instruction
Through a new, clear vision for high quality science teaching, this book gives teachers everything they need to deliver meaningful science instruction and ensure student success and achievement.
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About the Author
Elizabeth Hammerman is a dedicated science educator and consultant. Her professional background includes teaching science at the middle school and high school levels and over 20 years of experience teaching university science education courses and co-directing funded grant projects. She has done extensive professional development with teachers in the field, specializing in curriculum development and implementation, performance assessment, and effective teaching and learning. The need for high-quality professional development programs and materials in science education became apparent throughout the many projects and professional relationships with teachers who were eager to increase their knowledge base, skills, and confidence for teaching science more effectively.
Hammerman has co-authored a book on performance assessment in science and authored a database of science assessment tasks. She has published articles, presented programs at national conferences, consulted nationally, and developed curriculum and assessments for cutting-edge school districts and commercial products.
Since relocating to North Carolina in 1999, Hammerman has been a math/science consultant for a consortium of seven county school systems, has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in teacher education and science education, served as director of education and professional development for Virtual Learning Systems, and worked as a consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She is actively involved in professional development and continues to work on a series of professional development books for science education for Corwin Press.
Table of Contents
ForewordPrefaceIntroductionPart 1. Creating a Vision for Science Education1. On the Shoulders of Giants2. Defining High Quality Science TeachingPart 2. Giant Steps to High Quality Teaching3. The Role of Science Standards4. Creating a Context for Meaningful Learning5. Methods, Strategies, and Best Practices for High Quality Instruction6. Tools for Thinking and Meaning7. Assessments to Guide Instruction8. Safe, Supportive and Challenging Environments for Learning9. Eight Steps to High Quality and Student Achievement