Teachers of science design and manage learning environments that provide students with the time, space, and resources needed for learning science. In doing this, teachers

  • Structure the time available so that students are able to engage in extended investigations.

  • Create a setting for student work that is flexible and supportive of science inquiry.

  • Ensure a safe working environment.

  • Make the available science tools, materials, media, and technological resources accessible to students.

  • Identify and use resources outside the school.

  • Engage students in designing the learning environment.


Teachers of science develop communities of science learners that reflect the intellectual rigor of scientific inquiry and the attitudes and social values conducive to science learning. In doing this, teachers

  • Display and demand respect for the diverse ideas, skills, and experiences of all students.

  • Enable students to have a significant voice in decisions about the content and context of their work and require students to take responsibility for the learning of all members of the community.

  • Nurture collaboration among students.

  • Structure and facilitate ongoing formal and informal discussion based on a shared understanding of rules of scientific discourse.

  • Model and emphasize the skills, attitudes, and values of scientific inquiry.


Teachers of science actively participate in the ongoing planning and development of the school science program. In doing this, teachers

  • Plan and develop the school science program.

  • Participate in decisions concerning the allocation of time and other resources to the science program.

  • Participate fully in planning and implementing professional growth and development strategies for themselves and their colleagues.

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