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  1. Models-Based Science Teaching

    Humans perceive the world by constructing mental models - telling a story, interpreting a map, reading a book. Every way we interact with the world involves mental models, whether creating new ones or building on existing models with the introduction of new information. In Models-Based Science Teaching, author and educator Steven Gilbert explores the concept of mental models in relation to the learning of science and how we can apply this understanding when we teach science. Practising science teachers at all levels who want to explore new and better ways to frame and model science will find value in this book. Rather than advocating a rigid curriculum, Gilbert asserts that models-based science teaching embraces the creativity inherent in science and in learning.

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    A$32.95
  2. Uncovering Student Ideas

    Reveal students' preconceptions of fundamental concepts in science with the award-winning Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series. Each volume includes short formative assessment probes - covering physical, life, Earth and space sciences - that can help pinpoint what your students know, allowing you to adjust your teaching strategies accordingly. The probes are invaluable tools you can use either at the beginning of each topic, unit or as you progress through specific lessons. Accompanying each probe are detailed teacher materials that review science content; make connections to the Australian F-10 Curriculum and Senior Secondary Curriculum science standards; summarise relevant research on learning; and suggest instructional approaches for primary, middle years and high school students.

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  3. Uncovering Student Ideas in Astronomy: 45 New Formative Assessment Probes

    What do your students know - or think - about what causes night and day, why days are shorter in winter and how to tell a planet from a star? Find out with Uncovering Students Ideas in Astronomy. The book is organised into five sections: the Nature of Planet Earth; the Sun-Earth System; Modelling the Moon; Dynamic Solar System; and Stars, Galaxies and the Universe. The 45 assessment probes provide situations that will pique your students' interest while helping you understand how your students think about key ideas related to the universe and how it operates. The Teacher Notes provided for each probe include the probe's purpose, related concepts, a scientific explanation and advice on administration.

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    A$42.95
  4. Worth Writing About: Exploring Memoir with Adolescents

    'Who am I?' In Worth Writing About: Exploring Memoir with Adolescents, Wizner addresses how searching for the answer to this question leads his students to reflection, to reading and to deeper, more meaningful writing. Worth Writing About addresses the most common challenges teachers face when teaching memoir writing: How do you help students who say that nothing interesting has happened in their lives? How do you help students balance what is meaningful with what is too personal to share? How do you help students overcome the 'I don't remember' syndrome? The memoir unit gets kids to write about real stuff - the things that matter to them. In the process they learn more about themselves, their relationships, the way they view the world and how they want to move forward into the future.

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    A$35.95
  5. Vocabulary for the Australian Curriculum: Science

    The Australian Curriculum: Science presents unique demands on students to learn vocabulary and for teachers to teach it. Authors Robert J. Marzano, Katie Rogers and Julia A. Simms address the needs for standards-aligned vocabulary instruction in their three-part resource, Vocabulary for the Australian Curriculum: Science. This revised Australian edition of Vocabulary for the New Generation Science Standards will guide teachers and teams toward creating a successful vocabulary program while highlighting both general academic and domain-specific terms from the science standards.

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    A$34.95
  6. Proficiency Scales for English and Mathematics Standards

    Because the generic form of a proficiency scale is comparable across teachers, topics, subject areas and year levels, it allows teachers to compile summative scores for specific topics and increases the reliability of test design and scoring. Whether you are actively engaged in implementing a Marzano Institute initiative in your school or simply need guidance when it comes to measuring student learning, this book can help. Designed to supplement your existing practice, it contains over 110 proficiency scales that will bring new rigour and focus to your teaching and assessment practice, as well as aid in creating unique proficiency scales for the Australian Curriculum.

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    A$38.95
  7. Uncovering Student Ideas in Physical Science, Volume 2: 39 New Electricity and Magnetism Formative Assessment Probes

    If you and your students can't get enough of a good thing, volume two of Uncovering Student Ideas in Physical Science is just what you need. It offers 39 new formative assessment probes, this time with a focus on electric charge, electric current, and magnets and electromagnetism. It can help you do everything from demystify electromagnetic fields to explain the real reason balloons stick to the wall after you rub them on your hair. This book provides a collection of engaging questions (or formative assessment probes), offers field-tested teacher materials that provide 'best answers' designed to reveal misconceptions that students commonly hold and is easy to use by time-starved teachers.

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    A$55.95
  8. Teaching Energy Across the Sciences, K-12

    Students may have an idea of what energy means but still lack a full understanding of how it is a part of their everyday lives. By starting with an explanation of why energy is important and what students should know, then moving on to how energy should be taught in several disciplines, Teaching Energy Across the Sciences, K-12 can clarify how both your students and you regard instruction about energy. This valuable resource provides you with the strategies and tools you need to help students understand the crosscutting nature of the concept - an understanding that's crucial to developing a clear lens on how energy works in many contexts.

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    A$49.95
  9. Common Core Standards in Diverse Classrooms: Essential Practices for Developing Academic Language and Disciplinary Literacy

    The Common Core State Standards require students to do more with knowledge and language than ever before. Rather than be mere consumers of knowledge, students must now become creators, critics, and communicators of ideas across disciplines. Yet in order to take on these new and exciting roles, many students need daily teaching with an extra emphasis on accelerating their academic communication skills. Common Core Standards in Diverse Classrooms is a concise guide for helping us improve our practices to strengthen two vital pillars that support student learning: academic language and disciplinary literacy.

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    A$38.95
  10. Teaching/Engaging with Poverty in Mind 2-Book Set

    This two-book set provides practical insights into the effects of poverty on learning and what strategies teachers can use to better engage students in the face of these difficulties. In Teaching with Poverty in Mind, veteran educator and brain expert Eric Jensen takes an unflinching look at how poverty hurts children, families and communities across the United States and demonstrates how schools can improve the academic achievement and life readiness of economically disadvantaged students. In Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind, Jensen digs deeper into engagement as the key factor in the academic success of economically disadvantaged students.

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    A$50.00
  11. Leadership Bundle

    This bundle includes the following titles that will help you build your capacity as a leader and improve the culture at your school and district: The Principal Influence: A Framework for Developing Leadership Capacity in Principals by Pete Hall, Deborah Childs-Bowen, Ann Cunningham-Morris, Phyllis Pajardo and Alisa Simeral; Leading with Focus: Elevating the Essentials for School and District Improvement by Mike Schmoker; The Principal 50: Critical Leadership Questions for Inspiring Schoolwide Excellence by Baruti K. Kafele; and School Culture Rewired: How to Define, Assess, and Transform It by Steve Gruenert and Todd Whitaker.

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    A$99.95
  12. Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 1: 25 Formative Assessment Probes

    Uncovering Student Ideas in Science is loaded with classroom-friendly features to pinpoint what your students know (or think they know) so you can adjust your teaching accordingly. The 25 probes will determine your students' thinking on 44 core science topics, grouped by light, sound, matter, gravity, heat and temperature, life science, and Earth and space science. Each probe - field-tested across multiple year levels - is proven effective for helping your students recover from erroneous ideas about science. The accompanying teacher materials explain science content, give suggested connections to the Australian Curriculum: Science, present developmental considerations, summarise relevant research on learning and suggest instructional approaches from primary to high school.

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