The latest from STEM Teaching Tools, a series of free, bite-sized PDFs for science educators.
Field Notes #3, August 2016
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Ideas to Foster Student Talk

Students learn best when they engage with the work of doing science themselves. One way teachers can foster deep student engagement is by giving them opportunities to talk about their ideas — not just to participate by responding to teacher questions.

Our newest teaching tool offers ten talk-focused activity formats to get students talking with one another. This tool not only offers these activity formats, it also includes an easy-to-use flowchart to offer context around when to use each format.

Read STEM Teaching Tool #35
Now You Can Browse Our Tools by Topic
Each of our STEM Teaching Tools is now tagged by topic. You can use these tags to find all our briefs related to:
Other New Teaching Tools
STEM Teaching Tool 33
Brief #33: How to design assessments for emerging bilingual students [Read]
STEM Teaching Tool 37
Brief #37: Beyond “misconceptions”: How to recognize and build on Facets of student thinking [Read]
Related Resources
Are you implementing the Next Generation Science Standards in an afterschool space? Several of our teaching tools were recently featured in Afterschool Alliance's NGSS new resource guide for afterschool educators.
What are STEM Teaching Tools?
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STEM Teaching Tools are short briefs designed to bring together ideas and resources to address common challenges as educators adopt the new vision for science education in the NRC Framework and resulting Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These tools are helping thousands of educators across the country align their teaching with best practices from both research and teaching.  

STEM Teaching tools are:

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