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“This book does not contain a recipe to follow as you plan and deliver lessons. Nor is it a set of predesigned lessons for use in biology classrooms. Instead, it features both an instructional framework you can use as you plan and sets of research-based strategies and resources you can select from to help your students learn.”
—from the Introduction to Hard-to-Teach Biology Concepts, Revised 2nd Edition
You know it’s tough to convey some foundational biology concepts—and it’s even tougher when you’re adjusting to the Next Generation Science Standards. This thoroughly revised book is designed to support you as you plan and implement NGSS-aligned lessons that will engage students with biology concepts that many find especially challenging.
The book is organized into two parts that feature an instructional framework and resources that support framework implementation and is designed for both veteran teachers and newcomers to the classroom.
Part I, The Toolbox, introduces a research-based Instructional Planning Framework that helps you to understand the learning needs your students bring to class, incorporate appropriate teaching strategies, and interpret the framework and teaching tools through the lens of NGSS.
Part II, Toolbox Implementation, models use of the framework with four hard-to-teach topics, all different from the ones in the book’s first edition. Contributing authors show you how the framework helps teach the NGSS’s four disciplinary core ideas: growth and development of organisms, ecosystems, heredity, and biological evolution.
As the contributing authors make clear, the teaching models are specific and help to make student thinking visible, but they don’t presume to dictate what’s right for you. Rather, the book will open your mind to fresh, effective ways to help biology students deepen their conceptual understanding based on what works best for them and you in today’s classrooms.
About the Authors
Part I: The Toolbox: A Framework, Strategies, and Connections
Chapter 1: The Instructional Planning Framework: Addressing Conceptual Change
Chapter 2: Understanding the Next Generation Science Standards and How They Link to the Instructional Planning Framework
Chapter 3: Implementation of the Hard-to-Teach Instructional Planning Framework
Chapter 4: Connections to the Instructional Planning Framework and Resulting Lessons
Part II: Toolbox Implementation: The Framework and Strategies in Practice
Chapter 5: Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems
Chapter 6: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics: An Issue-Based Approach
Chapter 7: Variations of Traits
(Ravit Golan Duncan and Brian J. Reiser)
Chapter 8: The Role of Adaptation in Biological Evolution
Reflection and Next Steps
Appendix 1:Glossary of Acronyms
Appendix 2:Hints and Resources for the Design Process
Appendix 3:Planning Template for Proteins and Genes Unit
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