The GEMS Teacher's Handbook
Written by Jacqueline Barber, Lincoln
Bergman, Kimi Hosoume, Cary I. Sneider, Elizabeth Stage, and
The GEMS Teacher's
Handbook is both an introduction to Great Explorations in
Math and Science (GEMS) and a clear explanation of the elements
included in all GEMS guides. For the teacher considering integrating
GEMS into his or her curriculum for the first time, the handbook
describes the philosophy behind the series, its alignment with
the National Science Education Standards, its flexibility
in diverse settings, and the structure of its teacher's guides.
For all teachers, including those already familiar with GEMS,
the book provides teaching strategies and tips that apply to
all inquiry-based science and math activities.
The handbook includes concise discussions on numerous teaching
concerns, including assessing student performance, integrating
GEMS activities into established curricula, and strategies for
obtaining materials. It also provides techniques for handling
particular challenges, such as what to do when you, the teacher,
donít know the answer, or when students arrive at "wrong"
conclusions. Full-page charts summarize the major skills, concepts,
themes, and mathematics strands addressed in each of the GEMS
guides. Recent editions of the handbook feature "blueprints"
for building year-long curricula using GEMS and other activity-based
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