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Included here are numerous resources for increasing teaching effectiveness and improving student learning. Includes theory books as well as practical manuals and guides for creating the next generation of innovative scientists.

  Learning through Inquiry
Educators generally agree that children learn best by doing. It is puzzling, therefore, that this awareness is only rarely translated into classroom instruction methods. Amazingly, rote learning techniques are still prevalent in schools. Children are often moved through the same pre-fabricated curricula while the creative and highly effective talents of mentor level teachers are often ignored or stifled. Rigid curricula (be on this page on this day) are neatly aligned to standardized tests but do the children (and society) really benefit from this one size fits all approach? Even the test scores themselves are providing some answers - that rote learning may produce test-takers but it does not produce critical thinkers or even the next generation of creative, enthusiastic scientists. This, at a time when critical thinking skills are increasingly in demand. Research continually validates hands-on inquiry-based learning as an effective teaching methodology for nurturing the future inventors and scientists.
 
  Science Teaching Methods and Resources
In this section you will find science teaching methods resources and assessment guides along with scientific method problem solving kits, lab safety manuals and creative interdisciplinary exercises.
 
  Connecting with the Environment
Included in this section are a number of resources to help children and adults connect with their local environment, in other words to develop a sense of place. In so doing, individuals often come to understand that their efforts really do make a difference and that their interactions with both natural and built communities influence their emotional and intellectual growth in a positive manner.
 
  GEMS Curricula
Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS), developed by educators at the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley, offers a wide array of activities for enhancing science education for students in grades K-9. The GEMS guides undergo extensive field testing and are filled with effective, creative exercises for enhancing student interest in and knowledge of math and science.
 

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