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  1. STEM Resources

    Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research refers to experiments conducted to address problems in those fields that can be tested using the scientific method. The scientific method is an inquiry process used to systematically study, investigate and to provide explanations for observed phenomenon in the natural world. This method is used by STEM professionals to answer questions they have about important world problems and usually includes carefully orchestrating a situation that allows them to observe, measure and test their ideas.

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    Starting at A$15.00

  2. Essentials for Achieving Rigour Series

    The Essentials for Achieving Rigour series of instructional guides helps educators become highly skilled at implementing, monitoring and adapting instruction. Readers can put the guides to practical use immediately, adopting day-to-day examples as models for application in their own classrooms.

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    Starting at A$25.95

  3. Becoming a Responsive Science Teacher: Focusing on Student Thinking in Secondary Science

    Becoming a Responsive Science Teacher offers: a philosophical framework for understanding the beginnings of scientific thinking in high school students; five real-life case studies-and accompanying transcripts-available as downloadable resources; suggestions for how to use the case studies to practice recognising, interpreting, and responding to the vital nuances of your own students' thinking in real time; and advice on next steps, including how to overcome systemic impediments and maintain your focus on student thinking.The book holds out the promise that when you consciously strive to help students work through their ideas about science, the result can be more effective instruction from you - and much deeper understanding for your students.

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    A$32.95
  4. Predict, Observe, Explain: Activities Enhancing Science Understanding

    Predict, Observe, Explain provides Australian science teachers with more than 100 student activities to prove scientific concepts. Using the powerful, field-tested Predict, Observe, Explain (POE) strategy, the book makes it easy for novice and experienced teachers alike to incorporate a teaching method that helps students understand and even enjoy science and learning. This revised Australian edition features a scope and sequence chart showing how each chapter of the book correlates to a learning progression in the Science Understanding strand of the Australian Curriculum: Science for Years F-10.

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    A$39.95
  5. Learning to Think/Thinking to Learn within the Australian Curriculum

    This revised edition of Learning to Think/Thinking to Learn features correlations to various strands and sub-strands from a range of Australian Curriculum subject areas, ensuring that instruction is curriculum-aligned and meaningful. Learning to Think/Thinking to Learn within the Australian Curriculum describes processes that can be used to infuse thinking into everyday learning through the application and explicit teaching of various models and strategies. These strategies will see students engaging in a wide range if thinking tasks regardless of whether they are working within defined subject areas or on units that cut across traditional curriculum boundaries.

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    A$32.95
  6. Science Fair Warm-Up: Learning the Practice of Scientists, Years 7-10

    Even if you don't have a science fair or science project season in your future, the material in Science Fair Warm-Up: Learning the Practice of Scientists, Years 7-10 can make your students more proficient with scientific research. This revised Australian edition of strongly correlates with two of the three strands - Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Inquiry Skills - of the Australian Curriculum: Science, featuring comprehensive practice in making predictions, conducting experiments and reporting results in every activity. Students will also find problems that are much more cognitively demanding. In addition to offering original investigations, the book provides problem-solving exercises to help students develop the inquiry skills to carry their projects through.

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    A$15.95
  7. Brain-Powered Science: Inquiry Learning With Unexpected Results

    Thomas O'Brien takes 33 science inquiry activities higher by using experiments based on the science of a 'discrepant event' - an experiment or demonstration in which the outcome is not what students expect. While this book is designed for use with Year 6-12 students, F-5 Australian Curriculum: Science content descriptions are also included to illustrate the appropriate prerequisite work that students should engage in prior to participating in these activities. This thought-provoking text includes many up-to-date online resources, as well as extensions to each of the physical science, biology and chemistry activities.

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    A$37.95
  8. Essentials for Achieving Rigour Series: Examining Reasoning: Classroom Techniques to Help Students Produce and Defend Claims

    This book explores explicit techniques for mastering this crucial strategy of instructional practice. It includes: explicit steps for implementation; recommendations for monitoring students' ability to examine errors in reasoning; adaptations for students who struggle, have special needs, or excel in learning; examples and non-examples from classroom practice; and common mistakes and ways to avoid them. The Essentials for Achieving Rigour series of instructional guides helps educators become highly skilled at implementing, monitoring, and adapting instruction.

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    A$25.95
  9. Authentic Learning in the Digital Age: Engaging Students Through Inquiry

    How can you create an authentic learning environment in today's standards-driven atmosphere? Larissa Pahomov outlines a framework for learning structured around five core values: inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation and reflection. The framework is a guide, not a prescription, and middle years and secondary school teachers can use it to structure whatever content and skills their current school requires. The book also includes suggestions for how to integrate technology into inquiry-based education, but the principles and approaches it describes can be applied successfully even in places without abundant technology. Authentic Learning in the Digital Age is an indispensable handbook for reinvigorating teaching and learning for a new era.

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    A$27.95
  10. Even More Brain-Powered Science: Inquiry Learning With Unexpected Results

    This Australian edition of Even More Brain-Powered Science uses 13 inquiry-oriented, discrepant events to dispute misconceptions and challenge students to critically examine evidence, draw inferences and review their initial explanations with their peers. These interactive lessons use readily available, inexpensive materials to engage the natural curiosity of both teachers and students and create new levels of scientific understanding, and include links the Australian Curriculum: Science, including the rationale, aims, cross-curriculum priorities, content descriptions and links to other learning areas. Each easy-to-use chapter includes an expected outcome, an explanation of the science and science education concepts, discussion points, the procedure and a list of related websites.

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    A$37.95
  11. Succeeding With Inquiry In Science And Math Classrooms

    In Succeeding With Inquiry In Science and Math Classrooms, real-world lesson plans illustrate highly effective inquiry-based instruction as you learn how to engage maths and science students at all year levels; why students should explore a subject before you explain it; how to meet rigorous standards and expectations through rich, well-aligned classroom experiences; how to develop useful formative assessments and gather critical information during every class period; and how to create effective questions that guide students' deep learning and your own professional development. No matter what your experience with inquiry-based instruction, this book will help hone your ability to plan and implement high-quality lessons that engage students and improve learning.

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    A$32.95
  12. Everyday Physical Science Mysteries: Stories for Inquiry-Based Science Teaching

    What can make a ball roll faster? Does the temperature of wood affect the heat of a fire? How can old-fashioned tin can telephones teach today's students about sound and technology? By presenting everyday mysteries like these, Everyday Physical Science Mysteries will motivate your students to carry out hands-on science investigations and actually care about the results. The 21 open-ended mysteries focus exclusively on physical science, including motion, friction, temperature, forces and sound. The stories that accompany the science lessons come with lists of science concepts to explore, year level-appropriate strategies for using them and explanations of how the lessons align with national standards.

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    A$29.95

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