Our new book is out! Ambitious Science Teaching


If you are interested in changing your classroom discourse, anchoring your instructional units in puzzling phenomena, or engaging students in scientific practices such as modeling, evidence-based explanation, or augmentation this is the source. If you want to see how to make classroom more relevant and equitable for all learners while upping the rigor, this book will show you how.

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Here’s the link to order: Harvard Ed Press

And here’s the table of contents:

Chapter 1         A Vision of Ambitious Science Teaching

Chapter 2         Core Practice Set #1

Planning for Engagement with Big Science Ideas

Chapter 3         Productive Discourse, Part I

Talk as a Tool for Learning

Chapter 4         Productive Discourse, Part 2

Encouraging More Students to Participate in Talk

Chapter 5         Core Practice Set #2

Eliciting Students’ Ideas

Chapter 6         Modeling, Part 1

Making Thinking Visible Through Models

Chapter 7         Modeling, Part 2

Allowing Students to Show What They Know

Chapter 8         Core Practice Set #3

Supporting On-going Changes in Thinking: Introducing New Ideas

Chapter 9         Core Practice Set #3

Supporting On-going Changes in Thinking: Activity and Sense-making

Chapter 10       Core Practice Set #3

Supporting On-going Changes in Thinking: Collective Thinking

Chapter 11       Scientific Argument

Making and Justifying Claims in a Science Community

Chapter 12       Core Practice Set #4

Drawing Together Evidence-based Explanations

Chapter 13       Organizing with Colleagues to Improve Teaching

Chapter 14       Can We Be Ambitious Every Day?


Appendix A. Coherence Between AST and Professional Standards for Practice

Appendix B. Reminding Ourselves of the Bigger Picture of Instruction

Appendix C. Taxonomy of Tools

Appendix D. How to Help Students Understand the “What-How-Why” Levels of Explanation

Appendix E. Rapid Survey of Student Thinking (RSST) Tool

Appendix F. Supports for Students in Making Sense of Experimental Design and Purpose

Appendix G. Supporting Explanation Writing


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