A Division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Heinemann

Science as Thinking

The Constants and Variables of Inquiry Teaching, Grades 5-10

Wendy Ward Hoffer

ISBN 978-0-325-02577-3 / 0-325-02577-0 / 2009 / 280pp / Paperback
Imprint: Heinemann
Availability: In Stock
Grade Level: 5th - 10th
*Price and availability subject to change without notice.

StarMore Products From Wendy Ward Hoffer

 

List Price: $34.38
Web/School: $27.50



Other Formats Available:
eBook
eBook + Print Bundle
 

 

You are about to immerse yourself in a gorgeously readable and engaging account of how teachers can move science instruction from “hands on to minds on.” Wendy Ward Hoffer describes how teachers can extrapolate what is known about good thinking strategies instruction to science teaching and learning. Hoffer illuminates the path for thousands of teachers (in science and beyond) who today work with those who will lead this country’s efforts in energy, health care, the exploration of sea and space, and the protection of our planet. What work is more vital to our future?

—Ellin Oliver Keene

Coauthor of Mosaic of Thought, Second Edition

 

This book by an experienced teacher takes professional development to a new level. Many authors of books designed to improve education try to integrate best research with best practice. Few succeed as well as Wendy Hoffer.

—J. Myron Atkin

Stanford University

 

Inquiry is how we learn about the world. Every day we ask questions, gather evidence, make observations, and draw conclusions. Science as Thinking shows how powerful instruction can connect the natural curiosity students bring to class to the science curriculum.

 

Wendy Ward Hoffer uses the fundamental scientific principles of constants and variables as a framework for highly effective science teaching. She begins with constants, the basics of science instruction: Inquiry, Big Ideas, Workshop, Assessment, Culture. Hoffer shows how building a teaching foundation on these constants ensures that all of your planning, lessons, and interactions spark students’ interests and support deep thinking about science.

 

Hoffer’s variables are the practices you select from every day—labs, demonstrations, lectures, projects, and other classroom staples. She illustrates how these variables can be carefully manipulated to maximize student engagement, thinking, and understanding.

 

Science as Thinking is a wonderful resource for new teachers, but it will just as soon be sticky-noted and dog-eared by veterans. It helps you:

  • get started and sustain progress with classroom-tested strategies for implementing, teaching, and refining high-quality instruction
  • make direct connections between theory and practice through planning questions
  • conduct meaningful assessment with sample rubrics.

If you’re as serious about improving students’ learning as they are curious about their world, then read Science as Thinking. In it you’ll find highly effective and satisfying ways to teach science and turn any science curriculum into the turning point of a young scientist’s life.

 

Introduction: What Is Above the Sky?

Constants

  • Inquiry
  • Big Ideas
  • Workshop
  • Assessment
  • Culture

Constants Checklist 

Variables  

  • Labs
  • Demonstrations
  • Lectures
  • Discussion 
  • Reading 
  • Projects
  • Activities 
  • Fieldwork 

 

 

In Depth

Label support materials
Label product support

This book by an experienced teacher takes professional development to a new level. Many authors of books designed to improve education try to integrate best research with best practice. Few succeed as well as Wendy Hoffer.
—J. Myron Atkin
Stanford University

There is so much in this book. Yet it is very readable, and one can dip into any chapter and gain new and deeper insights. I strongly recommend this to any science teacher for personal use or for district-level training teams.
—NSTA Recommends

To read the full NSTA review. please click here.

Email planningservices@heinemann.com if you would like to contact Wendy Ward Hoffer directly about professional development support.

No sales resources available for this title