The Game of Science Education

Author: Jeffrey Weld
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
ISBN: UVA:X004707358
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Education

An accessible and authoritative approach to effective science teaching, this text is the work of 16 contributors who each employ a single metaphor that will resonate with readers --that science education can and should be considered an exciting game. With "Windows Into the Classroom" personal accounts and "The Game in Action" vignettes students are provided with practical applications throughout the book. Many contributors to this book were involved in the development and draft review of the National Science Education Standards, and therefore fully appreciate the importance of overtly linking research-based commentary and recommendations to the Standards. As a result, the entire work is steeped in a current research foundation tied closely to the National Science Education Standards. Features of this new text: "Windows into the classroom" personal accounts and "The Game in Action" vignettes provide practical applications throughout the book. Written in accessible first person accounts, each contributor takes a conversational approach that will appeal to a broad audience of readers. Introductions establishes the game metaphor that sustains the chapter and weaves throughout the book. Conclusions leaves the reader with upbeat and practical suggestions for effective science teaching. Author Biographies highligh the distinguished record of achievement of each contributor. Additional Resources at the end of each chapter provide suggestions of useful readings, websites, and other instructional instruments. Reflection questions intended to provoke the reader to apply the ideas and concepts unearthed in the chapter to his or her own unique vantage or condition as an educator. "The research base of this proposal is a 10 on a scale of 1-10 ...I'm impressed with the style and theme of the essays students would learn a great deal regarding the practical application of science education." Professor David R. Wetzel, "Bloomsburg University" "I very much like the use of the analogy of a "Game" used by the authors. 'The text is VERY readable." Professor Molly Weinburgh "Georgia State University" "The writing style and use of the game metaphor will undoubtedly grab undergraduate, alternate entry, and graduate student interest." Professor Warren J. DiBiase, EdD "University of North Carolina, Charlotte" Author Bio A decorated veteran of high school science teaching, Jeff now researches effective science teaching and learning, testing innovations on his students at Northern Iowa. He also develops curriculum, consults at local and national levels, and serves science education organizations. He has published research and philosophy in Educational Leadership, Phi Delta Kappa, The Science Teacher, The American Biology Teacher, Education Week, the Journal of College Science Teaching, the Journal of Science Teacher Education, the International Journal of Science Education, and Teacher magazine. Page 1 of 2

Taking Science to School

Author: National Research Council
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 0309133831
Release Date: 2007-04-16
Genre: Education

What is science for a child? How do children learn about science and how to do science? Drawing on a vast array of work from neuroscience to classroom observation, Taking Science to School provides a comprehensive picture of what we know about teaching and learning science from kindergarten through eighth grade. By looking at a broad range of questions, this book provides a basic foundation for guiding science teaching and supporting students in their learning. Taking Science to School answers such questions as: When do children begin to learn about science? Are there critical stages in a child's development of such scientific concepts as mass or animate objects? What role does nonschool learning play in children's knowledge of science? How can science education capitalize on children's natural curiosity? What are the best tasks for books, lectures, and hands-on learning? How can teachers be taught to teach science? The book also provides a detailed examination of how we know what we know about children's learning of science--about the role of research and evidence. This book will be an essential resource for everyone involved in K-8 science education--teachers, principals, boards of education, teacher education providers and accreditors, education researchers, federal education agencies, and state and federal policy makers. It will also be a useful guide for parents and others interested in how children learn.

Assessing Teacher Competency

Author: Judy R. Wilkerson
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 9781412941204
Release Date: 2007-04-13
Genre: Education

This comprehensive five-step model for measuring teacher knowledge and skills helps teacher educators and school administrators prepare fair, valid, and reliable assessments of teacher performance.

Handbook of Reading Assessment

Author: Sherry Mee Bell
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317619253
Release Date: 2015-07-30
Genre: Education

The Handbook of Reading Assessment, Second Edition, covers the wide range of reading assessments educators must be able to use and understand to effectively assess and instruct their students. Comprehensive and filled with numerous authentic examples, the text addresses informal classroom based assessment, progress monitoring, individual norm-referenced assessment, and group norm-referenced or ‘high-stakes’ testing. Coverage includes assessment content relevant for English language learners and adults. A set of test guidelines to use when selecting or evaluating an assessment tool is provided. New and updated in the Second Edition Impact on reading assessment of Common Core Standards for literacy; increased top-down focus on accountability and high stakes tests; innovations in computerized assessment of reading Latest developments in Response to Intervention (RTI) model, particularly as they impact reading assessment International Reading Association standards for reading educators and brief discussion of International Dyslexia Association standards Types of reading assessment, including discussion of formative versus summative assessment Expanded coverage of assessment of reading motivation Expanded coverage of writing assessment New and revised assessments across genres of reading assessment Companion Website: numerous resources relevant to reading and writing assessment; suggestions for evidence-based instructional practices that can be linked to assessment results; PowerPoint slides; test bank; study guides; application exercises

Physical Education Assessment Toolkit

Author: Liz Giles-Brown
Publisher: Human Kinetics
ISBN: 073605796X
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Education

-Tailor assessments to every topic, skill, and concept taught in physical education. -Help students make connections between concepts to enhance learning. -Meet a wide range of learning styles and teach to all intelligences, including linguistic, spatial, visual, and kinesthetic. -Incorporate learning into the assessment process by calling on various levels of thinking, such as recall, summary application, and evaluation. In today's physical education framework, the demands on your time and energy are great. Every second of class time is precious, so an efficient method of assessment that can plug into any lesson or unit being taught is a highly sought-after commodity. Loaded with assessment templates and sample units, the Physical Education Assessment Toolkitprovides you with everything you need in order to simultaneously assess and teach students the lifelong value of physical education. Assessment templates form the basis of the Physical Education Assessment Toolkit. Presented in a concise, user-friendly format, this comprehensive package contains the following features: -Bound-in CD-ROM—PDFs of each reproducible are provided for duplication, including posters that can be printed on letter-sized or larger paper in color or in black and white. -Reproducible templates—Generic forms may be completed easily to address the specific topic, concept, or skill at hand, allowing you to tailor assessments to your students' needs and abilities. -Sample units—Designed using the backward design model of curriculum development, three complete units show how to transform blank reproducibles into highly practical assessment tools. Each chapter includes lesson plans with model reproducibles for the following categories: written assessment, self-assessment, peer assessment, and application or performance assessment. Within each of these categories, you'll receive guidance on implementing and creating more meaningful assessments. Templates may be used to meet a variety of student learning styles, providing opportunities for assessing through rubrics, journal-writing assignments, self-assessments, and skill-tracking assessments across the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor realms. Rather than stealing valuable classroom time, the template approach actually enables teachers to use assessment to reinforce and extend learning in a systematic way. The Physical Education Assessment Toolkitis the one resource that physical educators will turn to anytime they need to do an assessment, no matter what unit or lesson is being taught. This book and CD-ROM package contains the ready-made, pilot-tested materials needed for effective assessments of students, leaving teachers to focus on what they do best—teach.