Author Archives: Carole Hayward

How Can NSTA Help Me Teach Science to Students With Special Needs?

This past summer, NSTA member Naomi Beverly participated in the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy. Since then, Beverly says that she has gone to the NSTA website and the NSTA Learning Center almost every day to participate in discussions with other science teachers, research lesson plan ideas, and increase her science content knowledge. Beverly, who teaches [...]

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NSTA’s E-mail List Server: A Gold Mine of Help at Your Fingertips

As the rush of back-to-school finally dwindles, teachers of all levels now face day-to-day classroom management, assessments, and ongoing professional development. In addition to upcoming in-person conferences, NSTA Members from teachers to administrators need ways to reach out virtually for help from fellow members. One of the most popular and accessible ways for members to [...]

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Five Essential Topics in the Journal of College Science Teaching

Thousands of college freshmen have chosen their first-year science courses based on knowledge and experience from their K-12 years. College professors and instructors can use the award-winning Journal of College Science Teaching (JCST) to better ensure lectures, labs, and online instruction continue to inspire and promote science education. JCST is a bimonthly peer-reviewed journal for [...]

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Where Can I Find Inspiration for New Lesson Plans?

NSTA member Todd Hoover, who now teaches preservice science teachers, began his career as an elementary and middle-level science teacher. When starting out, he didn’t know about NSTA. “One of my biggest regrets is that I didn’t become a member sooner,” he says. “I wish that I had joined NSTA when I was teaching K–12 [...]

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I’ve Retired from Classroom Teaching. How Can My NSTA Membership Still Benefit Me?

Kathy Brooks says that her NSTA membership helped her tremendously during her almost 30-year career as a middle-level science teacher. And, she says, her NSTA membership is still just as valuable to her now that she’s retired from classroom teaching. Brooks says that you don’t have to end your involvement with NSTA when you leave [...]

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Learn What Science Teachers Are Reading

You are what you read. As many teachers know, summer reading requirements don’t just apply to students. In the fields of science, many teachers never stop reading about what is happening and where their field is evolving. Engaging students and creating exciting classroom investigations and activities means reading up not only on subject-specific resources, but [...]

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Where Can I Find Free or Low-Cost Resources and Opportunities for Science Teachers?

Free or low-cost programs and materials can help teachers stretch their tight budgets. NSTA member Sharon Cumiskey has turned to NSTA’s member newspaper, NSTA Reports, for over 20 years to find quality teacher resources. Throughout her career, Cumiskey has benefited from opportunities she’s found in NSTA Reports. “Some of my fellow teachers ask me how [...]

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Help Young Learners Discover Answers to Their “Why” Questions

New I Wonder Why books from NSTA Kids “Why can’t I see my shadow when it’s dark?” “Why are some sounds loud and some sounds soft?” “Why do we need machines?” “Why can’t I see colors when there is no light?” Teachers and parents know how inquisitive young learners are. Now you can guide K–6 [...]

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How Can I Turn NSTA Resources into an E-Textbook for my College Classroom?

Before becoming an adjunct professor at Florida International University (FIU), NSTA member Kathleen Sparrow was the science supervisor for Akron Public Schools in Ohio. As a science supervisor, she used NSTA journal articles to provide professional development support to her teachers. A few years ago, Sparrow became an NSTA online adviser and loved how the [...]

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Use the NSTA Calendar: The Easiest Way to Get More Out of Your Membership

Ever wondered if there was a fellowship or grant to help you complete a research project? Have you ever wanted to submit an amazing classroom investigation you authored to an awards competition? What about an international workshop for teachers or a seminar for your students from an offshore drilling rig? If you only have 15 [...]

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