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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. Inquire: A Guide to 21st Century Learning, Teacher's Guide

    The Inquire Teacher’s Guide introduces you to Inquire, shares the pedagogy that prompted its development, offers planning and instruction guidelines, and provides chapter-by-chapter lesson plans. The Teacher’s Guide is divided into two main parts. Part I introduces you to the Inquire handbook and helps you implement instruction thoughtfully and meaningfully. Part II provides chapter-by-chapter lesson plans. Inquire is a complete learning handbook, reflecting the latest and best research on thinking and literacy from around the world. It covers 21st century skills, basic study skills, the inquiry process and classroom projects.

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    A$21.95
  3. 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

  4. Essential Questions DVD

    Based on the best-selling book of the same name by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins, this 45 minute video guides you through practical and proven processes, as well as suggested "response strategies" to encourage student engagement. Learn how to create a culture of inquiry so that all members of the educational community - student, teachers and administrators - benefit from the increased rigour and deepened understanding that emerge when essential questions become a guiding force for learners of all ages. See the process come to life with scenes from a seminar though by Wiggins and of teachers using essential questions in practice. In addition, McTighe and Wiggins provide expert commentary about their years of experience in schools exploring just what makes an essential question essential.

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    A$219.00
  5. 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
  6. Still Learning to Think/Thinking to Learn within the Australian Curriculum

    Building on the popular Learning to Think/Thinking to Learn, this revised edition of Still 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. Each chapter provides a brief description of a particular model or strategy that may be applied across different levels of schooling. Following this, specific examples of applying the structure are demonstrated. Through the application and explicit teaching of models and strategies, students can engage in a wide range of 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Everyday Artists: Inquiry and Creativity in the Early Childhood Classroom

    For the young child, art is a way of solving problems, conceptualising the world and creating new possibilities. This book is about young children engaging in the art of world-making. Art, not in the traditional sense, but rather as constituting a powerful tool of everyday thinking. Everyday Artists addresses the disconnect that exists between the teaching of art and the way young children actually experience art. In doing so, this book questions commonly held notions and opens up exciting new possibilities for art education in the early childhood classroom. Bentley uses vignettes of children's everyday activities - from block building to clean-up to outdoor play - to help teachers identify and scaffold the genuine artistic practice of young children.

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    A$37.95
  12. 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

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