Best Practice in Science

Applying Best Practice in the Science Classroom

Great science lessons should...

  1. Engage students and build off their sense of wonder.
  2. Be inquiry based.
  3. Focus on BIG interdisciplinary ideas, not just current facts.
  4. Pique students'interest and appreciation of science.
  5. Promote consideration of all STEM topics, even if overarching.
  6. Applies the above ideas regardless of grade level.
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8 Practices Central to Science & Engineering for K-12 Students:

  1. Asking questions and defining problems.
  2. Developing and using models.
  3. Planning and carrying out investigations.
  4. Analyzing and interpreting data.
  5. Using mathematics, information and computer technology, and computational thinking.
  6. Constructing explanations and designing solutions.
  7. Engaging in argument for evidence.
  8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.
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4 Strands of Education Based on Science Learning (Guide for Teachers):

  1. Knowing, using, and interpreting scientific explanations of the natural world.
  2. Generating and evaluating scientific evidence and explanations.
  3. Understanding the nature and development of scientific knowledge.
  4. Participating productively in scientific practices and discourse.
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Qualities of Best Practice in Science Teaching:

  1. Build on students' innate curiosity about the natural forces of the world.
  2. Do more than merely cover topics; help students immerse themselves in doing science.
  3. Enable students to know, use, and interpret scientific explanations of the natural world.
  4. Enable students to generate and evaluate scientific evidence and explanations.
  5. Enable students to understand the nature and development of scientific knowledge.
  6. Enable students to participate productively in scientific practices and discourse.
  7. Integrate engineering and science so that students have experience with the knowledge and practices of both areas.
  8. Build on students' prior knowledge, while recognizing the different types of conceptual change that may be needed,
  9. Balance individual learning and collaborative group work.
  10. Help students become increasingly self-directed in their learning.
  11. Use meaningful assessment of students' learning in science to promote inquiry.
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Flyer produced by: Madeleine Kimbrough

Information courtesy of: Best Practice: Bringing Standards to Life in America's Classrooms