Kid s Eye View of Science: A Conceptual, Integrated Approach to Teaching Science, K 6

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SAGE Publications, Sep 8, 2010 - Education - 312 pages
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'An excellent guide for integrating new developments in cognitive neuroscience research with an appropriate 21st-century elementary science curriculum. Susan J. Kovalik's pioneering Highly Effective Teaching (HET) model has continually evolved for more than 30 years.'

--Robert Sylwester, Emeritus Professor of Education

University of Oregon

'This is a book to savor. The content is a woven tapestry: many colorful threads elucidate ideas based in sound research. Marvel at how the authors weave the threads to provide a cohesive, understandable, beautiful educational perspective.'

-- Lawrence Lowery, Professor

Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley

A step-by-step approach to taking giant leaps in science learning

Kid's Eye View of Science examines learning science from multiple perspectives--especially a child's. The whimsical character of Mary Froggins guides readers through the steps of igniting students' natural sense of wonder, incorporating brain research, integrating science concepts with other subjects, and applying science to daily life. The authors demonstrate how to teach science conceptually through the lens of "big ideas" such as change, interdependence, and adaptation. Rich with instructional strategies for exploring inquiry-based science, this valuable resource's highlights include:

Charts, graphics, forms, and summaries that help teachers translate abstract concepts into concrete lessons

A comprehensive discussion of brain research, including helpful tips to assimilate 10 bodybrain-compatible elements into the classroom

Practical hands-on guidance for enriching science programs and improving student outcomes

Field-tested and applicable to multiple intelligences, the book also provides a comprehensive vision for curriculum development with an eye toward preparing students to use their knowledge to shape the future.

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About the author (2010)

After graduating in 1961 from California State University, San Jose, with a B.A. in elementary Education, Susan J. Kovalik began her teaching career as a sixth grade elementary teacher followed by a science teacher in a K-6 elementary school of 1,200 and a GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) teacher in five schools. In 1984, Susan was awarded the California Gifted and Talented Teacher of the Year. During this time, she also found time to share her love for experiential learning as the community leader of a multi-faceted 4-H club with 50 families and 37 projects.

Building on her own teaching experiences and emerging brain research, Susan developed the ITI model (Integrated Thematic Instruction), now referred to as the HET model (Highly Effective Teaching). Over the next 25 years, Susan and her remarkably talented associates have trained thousands of teachers in hundreds of schools throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

In 1987, the ITI Model was selected by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to support the teaching of science in Monterey County, CA. Over 700 teachers participated in the program known as Monterey County Science Improvement Project (MCSIP).

The ITI/HET model was one of the 56 programs in the national Comprehensive School Reform Catalog , was selected for inclusion in the college text, Charles Reigaluth’s Instructional-Design Theories and Models: A New Paradigm of Instructional Theory and selected by the American Youth Policy Forum targeting Service Learning and Educational Reform as one of their 22 models.

Susan has created support materials, publications, and media products for teachers in brain-compatible instruction. Several of her 20 training videos received both the Gold Apple and Silver Apple awards from the National Educational Film and Video Festival.

A keynoter of national reputation, Susan continues to dedicate herself to improving education and helping others in implementing a bodybrain-compatible learning environment for students and their teachers.

Karen D. Olsen is author, co-author, and contributing editor of two dozen books focusing on using brain research to create schoolwide change. Her most recent book, What Brain Research Can Teach Us About Cutting School Budgets, is also published by Corwin Press. Her experience includes serving as executive director of the Mid-California Science Improvement Program (MCSIP), a ten-year effort funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to improve science education using the ITI/HET model. She also served as executive director of the Bay Area Middle School Program, a project to create model middle schools. Olsen was one of the original founders of the California Institute of School Improvement, a non-profit organization designed to support schools and districts in a wide range of school change issues. As program director, she conducted seminars on a range of topics including implications of recent legislation, schoolwide planning and program quality review processes, and the role of mentor teachers as change agents. Addtional experience includes planning and development for the California State Department of Education.

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