Author Archives: Carole Hayward

20 Essential NSTA Awards You Can Learn About in 15 Minutes

Being a member of NSTA immerses you in a community of educators interested in pushing themselves and their colleagues toward better science education. NSTA has 20 awards for educators and teachers who demonstrate their passion for science education every day. Recognition not only moves science education forward, but also brings affirmation to hard-working educators. NSTA […]

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NSTA Web Seminars Bring the Experts to You

NSTA knows not all teachers can travel, which is why our online programs bring NSTA experts and faculty directly to you. NSTA Web Seminars are free, live professional learning experiences that allow participants to interact with nationally acclaimed experts, NSTA Press authors, and scientists, engineers, and education specialists from NSTA partner organizations. Free interactive online […]

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I’ve Been Hired as a Science Teacher, but I’m Not Certified to Teach Science. Help!

When NSTA member Susanne Hokkanen was in school for teaching, she received a bachelor’s degree in history along with her teaching certificate. Hokkanen thought she would teach history after graduation, but instead she was hired as a middle school science teacher. “I panicked,” Hokkanen says. “I had taken only 12 credit hours of science in […]

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Using Your NSTA Social Media Dashboard for Connected Educator Month

October is Connected Educator Month (CEM), and NSTA supports the goals of not only getting more educators connected through social media, but also elevating those connections to develop personal learning networks. Originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education, CEM offers highly distributed, diverse, and engaging activities to educators at all levels. CEM programs include […]

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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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