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  1. Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 1, Second Edition: 25 Formative Assessment Probes

    This second edition of Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 1, is loaded with classroom-friendly features to pinpoint what your students know (or think they know) so you can adjust your teaching accordingly. At the book's heart are 25 'probes' - easily administered formative assessments will determine your students' thinking on 60 core science concepts in a variety of areas, including light, sound, matter, gravity, heat, temperature, life science, and Earth and space science. The probes are invaluable formative assessment tools to use before you start a topic or unit. Each probe has been field-tested across multiple year levels and can be used at any point in an instructional cycle, and will help you understand what your students are thinking and adjust your instruction accordingly.

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    A$45.95
  2. The Power of Investigating: Guiding Authentic Assessments

    The Power of Investigating invites you to capture the potential for learning with children - who are natural investigators. But this pedagogical picture book does more than just describe how to build investigations - it also shows you, so you can easily implement the investigations right away in your own F-5 classroom. As the second book in NSTA's Powerful Practices series, The Power of Investigating builds on the questioning strategies modelled in The Power of Questioning. The authors are veteran educators who know how busy and demanding today's F-5 classroom is. A powerful tool in a small package, the book provides fresh, lively strategies you and your students will learn from and enjoy.

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    A$32.95
  3. Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 4: 25 New Formative Assessment Probes

    Wouldn’t it be helpful to know what your students’ ideas are about a science concept before launching into a new lesson or unit? Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 4, offers 25 more formative assessment probes to help reveal students’ preconceptions of fundamental concepts in science, bringing the total to 100 probes for the popular series by author Page Keeley. Teachers of Years F–12 will find short probes with year-level band specifics that provide easy-to-follow suggestions for addressing students’ ideas by promoting learning through conceptual-change instruction.  Volume 4 adds to the probes in physical, life and Earth and space science with a new category called “unifying principles”. Also covered is a discussion on balancing formative assessment with summative assessment.

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    A$49.95
  4. Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 3: Another 25 Formative Assessment Probes

    This third volume in our best-selling series Uncovering Student Ideas in Science contains 25 all-new “probes” to uncover students’ misconceptions in science and offers guidance on how teachers can use the probes for their own learning. Since publication of Volume 1 of the series, thousands of teachers have been using these innovative classroom tools to improve student learning in science. This book provides short, easy-to-administer probes that determine what scientific misunderstandings your students may bring into your classroom without your even knowing it! Volume 3 offers five life science probes, seven Earth and space science probes, ten physical science probes and three nature of science probes.

     

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    A$49.95
  5. Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 2: 25 More Formative Assessment Probes

    Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 2 will reveal the surprising misconceptions students bring to the classroom - so you can adjust your teaching to foster a sound understanding of science. Volume 2 covers more life science and Earth and space science probes, and new topics include forms of matter, changes in matter, living things and life processes, rocks and landforms, the day/night cycle and objects in the night sky. Volume 2 also suggests ways to embed the probes throughout your instruction, not just when starting a unit of topic. This new classroom tools will help you not only uncover students' existing ideas, but also use that knowledge to improve your teaching and advance student understanding of science concepts.

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    A$49.95
  6. 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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    A$49.95
  7. What Are They Thinking? Promoting Elementary Learning Through Formative Assessment

    You don't have to become a mind reader to understand the ideas young students bring to science class. This collection will help you draw out and then recognise what students know - or think they know - about the natural world. What Are They Thinking? is a compendium of 30 'Formative Assessment Probes' columns from NSTA's elementary journal Science and Children. Each chapter provides a sample formative assessment probe, accompanying teacher notes and a bonus feature: a set of study group questions written especially for this compendium by award-winning author Page Keeley.

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    A$55.95
  8. 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
  9. Proficiency Scales for Science Standards: A Framework for Science Instruction and Assessment

    Proficiency Scales for Science Standards is a two-part resource that first provides educators with an understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards and guidance on how to effectively apply them. Following this, the reader is supplied with over 100 ready-to-use proficiency scales created from the NGSS to help teachers assess students' progress and create their own proficiency scales for the Australian Curriculum. F-12 teachers and administrators will learn how standards-based science education has evolved; and gain a clear understanding of what the NGSS are, how they are organised and how they can be used in classroom instruction.

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    A$37.95
  10. 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
  11. Uncovering Student Ideas in Life Science, Volume 1: 25 New Formative Assessment Probes

    In this volume, Keeley addresses the topics of life and its diversity; structure and function; life processes and needs of living things; ecosystems and change; reproduction, life cycles and heredity; and human biology. Using the probes as diagnostic tools for identifying and analysing students' preconceptions, teachers can move students from where they are in their current thinking to where they need to be to achieve scientific understanding. Each probe is supported by extensive Teacher Notes, which provide background information on the purpose of the probes, related concepts, explanations of the life science ideas being taught and related ideas in the Australian Curriculum: Science.

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    A$32.95
  12. Uncovering Student Ideas in Physical Science, Volume 1: 45 New Force and Motion Assessment Probes

    The 45 assessment probes in Uncovering Students Ideas in Physical Science enable teachers to find out what students really think about key ideas in force and motion. This book includes Teacher Notes, related concepts, explanations for the teacher of the force and motion ideas being taught, related ideas in the Australian Curriculum: Science and Mathematics, research on typical student misconceptions regarding force and motion, and suggestions for instruction and assessment. The related ideas in the Australian Curriculum: Science and Mathematics, match the concepts in each activity with corresponding content descriptions in the Australian Curriculum from multiple year levels.

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    A$39.95

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