Books

Creating Scientists: Teaching and Assessing Science Practice for the NGSS

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#1 new release in “Education Administration,” and a top 100 Amazon bestseller in “Science for Kids” and “Instruction Methods in STEM!”

This book shows you how to create living, breathing scientists by shifting your teaching from a content focus to a hands-on, practice focus, where students discover science by doing science. As required by the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), this practical book provides a clear, research verified framework for building lessons that teach science practice abilities, such as gathering and making sense of data, constructing explanations, designing experiments, and communicating information.

Available now. Routledge, Amazon

Teaching Science Thinking: Using Scientific Reasoning in the Classroom

Coming soon! Teaching Science Thinking shows you practical ways to incorporate science thinking in your classroom. Your students will learn how to be creative and make connections using the simple “Thinking Tasks” discussed in this book. What is science thinking, and how can you possibly teach and assess it? How is science thinking incorporated into the NGSS, and how can it be weaved into your curriculum? This book answers these questions.

Pre-order. Routledge, Amazon

Key Competences in Physics Teaching and Learning

This book is a selection of contributions from the European Physics Education Conference in Wrocław Poland, July 2015. The conference and book centered on the key competences required for outstanding teaching and learning in physics. It introduces readers interested in the field to the problem of identifying strategies and tools to improve physics teaching and learning so as to convey Key Competences and help students acquire them. My co-author and I wrote Chapter 13: Dynamic Visualizations of Multi-body Physics Problems and Scientific Reasoning Ability: A Threshold to Understanding.

Available now: Springer, Amazon