Being taught by a great teacher is one of the great privileges of life. Teach Now! is an exciting new series that opens up the secrets of great teachers and, step-by-step, helps trainees to build the skills and confidence they need to become first-rate classroom practitioners.
Written by a highly-skilled practitioner, this practical, classroom-focused guide contains all the support you need to become a great science teacher. Combining a grounded, modern rationale for learning and teaching with highly practical training approaches, the book guides you through all the different aspects of science teaching offering clear, straightforward advice on classroom practice, lesson planning and working in schools.
Teaching and learning, planning, assessment and behaviour management are all covered in detail, with a host of carefully chosen examples used to demonstrate good practice. There are also chapters on organising practical work, the science curriculum, key ideas that underpin science as a subject and finding the right job. Throughout the book, there is a wide selection of ready-to-use activities, strategies and techniques to help you bring science alive in all three main disciplines, including common experiments and demonstrations from biology, physics and chemistry to engage and inspire you and your students.
Celebrating the whole process of engaging young people with the awe and wonder of science, this book is your essential guide as you start your exciting and rewarding career as an outstanding science teacher.
Table of Contents
1. The Joy of Teaching Science 2. How Science Works 3. The Science Curriculum 4. Planning for Differentiation 5. Managing Behaviour and Building Relationships 6. Classic Teaching Modes 7. Science as a Practical Subject 8. Formative Assessment 9. Getting Your First Job
Tom Sherrington has been Head Teacher at King Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford for several years. He is moving on to become Head Teacher at Highbury Grove School in Islington, UK, and remains a practising science teacher. His blog, headguruteacher.com, has a very wide following, and he is a regular contributor to teacher training events around the country.
"Teach Now! is a new series of books written for trainee teachers. The author of this book is an experienced physics teacher. The subtitle 'The joy of teaching science' is very apt, as Tom's passion for teaching his subject shines out from the pages. ...I'd recommend this book to those commencing their training as a science teacher. I'm sure that a trainee who used it during their training year would continue to refer to it in their first post as newly qualified teacher." - Mary Whitehouse, Education in Chemistry
"Teach Now! Science is one of a series of books aimed at student teachers, taking them from first steps through to getting their first job. This is a very good book, packed with practical advice and the wisdom of experience and written by a skilled practitioner" – Ann Reddecliffe, SSR