This page will introduce you to the kinds of tools that are available on this site. The tools in the gallery below were created over the past five years in collaboration with classroom teachers who have used them successfully with students. You can also upload your own tools for other teachers to use, just create your own teacher page if you haven’t already, then open your page and select Add a tool. Below, there are four broad types of tools that you can search for; click on any of these to learn more about the tools (the planning tools were designed by us after a thorough review of the literature on teaching and learning, all the rest by our colleagues in schools):

Also check our “How do I…?” page for quick reads on modeling, use of evidence, making thinking visible, direct instruction, group work, anchoring events, more…

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  • Chemistry
  • Earth & Space Science
  • Elementary
  • Eliciting students’ ideas
  • Face-to-Face
  • High School
  • Life Sciences
  • Middle School
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Planning
  • Planning for engagement with important science ideas
  • Pressing for evidence-based explanations
  • Professional Mentoring
  • Scaffolding for writing & talking science
  • Supporting on- going changes in thinking
  • Teacher preparation or PD

Writing Springboard scaffolds students to push for writing "why" level evidence-based explanations.

Studio Days are a form of job-embedded professional development that take place during a school day. School teams develop a vision of “what is possible” in instruction and to take principled risks with practices. Multiple role-actors (classroom teachers, coaches, administrators and researchers) collaborate to provide real-time feedback within current...

Scaffolding for ELLs and others on writing causal explanations. Developed by colleague Melissa Braaten of University of Colorado

Plan-Do-Study-Act tool for improving rigorous and equitable discussions.

The "Structured talk for how and why reasoning" change package provides an overview of the practice and how it supports student reasoning, tools teachers have used, and practical measures teacher have collected to deepen and localize the practice.

Peer review and critique routine that engages students in providing written feedback to peers and then partner talk to revise work in light of peer feedback.

Science Journal Rubric

Questions to consider when designing tasks or scaffolds for students' written explanations.

Compact and integrated unit planning guide for ambitious science teaching of the NGSS

Standards based instruction and assessment planning tool for model based inquiry units.

Balance Scale vs Digital Scale

A reflective tool that helps you make instructional decisions that respond to and build on student activity.