Teaching Tips: Innovations in Undergraduate Science Instruction (Google eBook)

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Marvin Druger, Eleanor Dantzler Siebert, Linda W. Crow
NSTA Press, 2004 - Education - 102 pages
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Like a spirited idea exchange among experienced professors, Teaching Tips: Innovations in Undergraduate Science Instruction brings you the best thinking from campuses nationwide about how to engage undergraduate science students. Published to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Society for College Science Teachers (SCST), Teaching Tips is a quick-read compilation of more than 50 innovative approaches that SCST members have found especially effective.

The book is organized into three parts:

1) Pedagogical Practices includes using instant messaging as an involvement tool, encouraging active learning in large classes, and using "peer coercion" to stimulate teamwork

Assessment Activities covers pretests and post-tests to encourage more effective learning, Web-based warm-up exercises to assess student misconceptions, and poetry-writing exercises to encourage creative thinking in the sciences

Content Challenges offers approaches to teaching specific topics from calculations and conversions to conceptual physics, and ways to encourage active learning (using a portfolio approach, games like Bingo and Jeopardy, substances like Jell-O, and even student-drawn comic strips).

Most of the ideas in the book are applicable across the sciences. Because the tips are only 500 to 700 words each, all contributors have provided contact information so you can learn more by e-mailing them directly.

  

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Contents

Determining Student Prior Knowledge and Misconceptions Using Webbased WarmUp Exercises
51
Calibrated Peer Review A Writing and Critical Thinking Instructional Tool
54
Assessment as a First Step to Improving Study Skills
56
Writing Poetry to Assess Creative and Critical Thinking in the Sciences
58
Promoting HOCS Learning via Students SelfStudy and Assessment in Freshman Chemistry Courses
60
Content Challenges
63
Teaching About Numbers
65
Interpreting Graphs
67

Class Discussion Supported by Preparation
17
Encouraging Teamwork
18
Teaching General Chemistry Without a Calculator
19
An InquiryBased Teaching Model
20
Case Study for Understanding the Scientific Method
22
Using ConstructivistBased Cooperative Learning to Challenge Students
24
Increasing Student Accountability Through Collaborative Work In the Classroom
26
Discerning Impact in a Technology Rich Setting
28
Biological Expressions
30
Integrated Interdisciplinary Research Projects Involving Both Freshmen and Upperclassmen in Biology Laboratory Courses
31
Preparing the Next Generation of Inspiring Elementary Teachers
33
Dr Dougs Daily Doozies
35
Demonstrating Student Understanding of Complex Scientific Concepts Through Creation of Childrens Adventure Stories
37
LectureFree Teaching in College Science Courses
39
Service Learning in a College Science Course
41
Assessment Activities
43
Streamlined Contract Grading for General Biology Labs
45
Using Pretests and Posttests
47
Reading Lectures and Learning
48
Learning Goals Assessment Instruments and Biological Literacy
49
A Dandy Diagram for Concentration Calculations and Conversions
70
Contextualization of Preexisting Organic Chemistry Laboratory Experiments
72
BINGO
74
A Good Metaphor Is Worth a Thousand Figures
75
Reinforcing Physical Science Concepts with Original Comic Strips
77
Does Frozen Saltwater Conduct Electricity?
79
Promoting Scientific Literacy Through Engagement with Complex Civic Issues
80
An Innovative Text and Curricular Design for a Conceptual Physics Course
82
Wind Speed and Friction
84
Molecules for NonMajors
85
Global Multidimensional Microbiology PBL
87
River Monitoring Database
89
Conceptualizing Metric Units
90
Reading the Numbers
91
JellO Air Masses
93
Teaching Evolution by Analyzing Student Misconceptions
94
Pathogens Portfolio
96
Index
97
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