Table 2-4. Science Teaching Standards

TEACHING STANDARD A:

Teachers of science plan an inquiry-based science program for their students. In doing this, teachers

  • Develop a framework of yearlong and short-term goals for students.

  • Select science content and adapt and design curricula to meet the interests, knowledge, understanding, abilities, and experiences of students.

  • Select teaching and assessment strategies that support the development of student understanding and nurture a community of science learners.

  • Work together as colleagues within and across disciplines and grade levels.

TEACHING STANDARD B:

Teachers of science guide and facilitate learning. In doing this, teachers

  • Focus and support inquiries while interacting with students.

  • Orchestrate discourse among students about scientific ideas.

  • Challenge students to accept and share responsibility for their own learning.

  • Recognize and respond to student diversity and encourage all students to participate fully in science learning.

  • Encourage and model the skills of scientific inquiry, as well as the curiosity, openness to new ideas and data, and skepticism that characterize science.

TEACHING STANDARD C:

Teachers of science engage in ongoing assessment of their teaching and of student learning. In doing this, teachers

  • Use multiple methods and systematically gather data about student understanding and ability.

  • Analyze assessment data to guide teaching.

  • Guide students in self-assessment.

  • Use student data, observations of teaching, and interactions with colleagues to reflect on and improve teaching practice.

  • Use student data, observations of teaching, and interactions with colleagues to report student achievement and opportunities to learn to students, teachers, parents, policymakers, and the general public.



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