Best Practice in Science
Applying Best Practice in the Science Classroom
Great science lessons should...
- Engage students and build off their sense of wonder.
- Be inquiry based.
- Focus on BIG interdisciplinary ideas, not just current facts.
- Pique students'interest and appreciation of science.
- Promote consideration of all STEM topics, even if overarching.
- Applies the above ideas regardless of grade level.
8 Practices Central to Science & Engineering for K-12 Students:
- Asking questions and defining problems.
- Developing and using models.
- Planning and carrying out investigations.
- Analyzing and interpreting data.
- Using mathematics, information and computer technology, and computational thinking.
- Constructing explanations and designing solutions.
- Engaging in argument for evidence.
- Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.
4 Strands of Education Based on Science Learning (Guide for Teachers):
- Knowing, using, and interpreting scientific explanations of the natural world.
- Generating and evaluating scientific evidence and explanations.
- Understanding the nature and development of scientific knowledge.
- Participating productively in scientific practices and discourse.
Qualities of Best Practice in Science Teaching:
- Build on students' innate curiosity about the natural forces of the world.
- Do more than merely cover topics; help students immerse themselves in doing science.
- Enable students to know, use, and interpret scientific explanations of the natural world.
- Enable students to generate and evaluate scientific evidence and explanations.
- Enable students to understand the nature and development of scientific knowledge.
- Enable students to participate productively in scientific practices and discourse.
- Integrate engineering and science so that students have experience with the knowledge and practices of both areas.
- Build on students' prior knowledge, while recognizing the different types of conceptual change that may be needed,
- Balance individual learning and collaborative group work.
- Help students become increasingly self-directed in their learning.
- Use meaningful assessment of students' learning in science to promote inquiry.
Flyer produced by: Madeleine Kimbrough
Information courtesy of: Best Practice: Bringing Standards to Life in America's Classrooms