This podcast accompanies the book "Teaching Science in Diverse Classrooms: Real Science for Real Students" by Douglas B. Larkin, published by Routledge.
As a distinctive voice in science education writing, Douglas Larkin provides a fresh perspective for science teachers who work to make real science accessible to all K-12 students. Through compelling anecdotes and vignettes, this book draws deeply on research to present a vision of successful and inspiring science teaching that builds upon the prior knowledge, experiences, and interests of students.
Cover art by Steve Spatucci
Afterword: Good Reasons for Becoming a Science Teacher
An appeal for more people to consider science teaching as a career. (An earlier version of this essay was published on the op-ed page of the Newark Star-Ledger.)
Chapter 15: Playing School vs. Doing Science
Providing all students with access to the means of knowledge generation.
Chapter 14: Teaching at the Boundaries of Our Knowledge
Being knowledgable enough about what we teach to not feel like a fraud.
Chapter 13: The Black Belt Science Teacher
Differentiation and a speculative learning progression for science teachers.
Chapter 12: Mentoring New Science Teachers
Novices get better when we support them with good feedback.
An earlier version of this essay appeared as "10 Things to Know About Mentoring Student Teachers" in the April 2013 edition of Phi Delta Kappan magazine
Chapter 11: Observing Candles and Classrooms
Learning from other teachers by withholding judgment
Excellent audio book for teachers
A high quality resource recommended by my instructional coach.
A very generous gift given by the author to teachers. Listen while doing dishes!