Author Archives: Carole Hayward

It’s Debatable! Using Socioscientific Issues to Develop Scientific Literacy

“Should schools charge more money for ‘unhealthy’ foods?” “Should animals perform in circuses?” Should rare Earth elements be mined in the United States?” “Should prescription drugs be advertised directly to consumers?” In It’s Debatable! Using Socioscientific Issues to Develop Scientific Literacy, authors Dana L. Zeidler and Sami Kahn present a persuasive case for connecting science [...]

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Basic Data Literacy: Helping Your Students (And You!) Make Sense of Data

We are surrounded by data. When you read, watch, or listen to the news, you are presented with the conclusions drawn from data someone else has collected. And they’ve collected that data to understand something, argue a position, make a point, or persuade the listeners to adopt a particular view.  It’s important to realize that [...]

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Translating the NGSS for Classroom Instruction

Rodger Bybee’s new book Translating the NGSS for Classroom Instruction gives science teachers a powerful tool for moving the new science standards into classroom practices. Having the NGSS is a critical piece, but they will only go so far in affecting true reform if the standards aren’t applied to how science education is delivered in [...]

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Science for the Next Generation: Preparing for the New Standards

If you’re an elementary school teacher who teaches grades K-5, the authors and editors of Science for the Next Generation: Preparing for the New Standards invite you to use the book as a resource to become teacher-leaders in the school science reform movement that is being catalyzed by the Next Generation Science Standards. As elementary [...]

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Citizen Science: Engaging Students Through Public Collaboration in Scientific Research

Too often, students think of science as a static collection of facts rather than an ongoing process of discovery in which they can play a part. Citizen science offer opportunities for students to engage in authentic investigations. Citizen science activities vary widely, depending on goals of the project and interests of individual participants. In Citizen [...]

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Just in Time: The New Science Teacher’s Handbook

As a new science teacher, your first year of teaching is well underway. You’ve been facing the challenges that all new teachers face—learning your students’ names, how to manage your classroom, the best ways to engage your students, and how to account to your administrators for all that you do. But science teachers face other [...]

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What Constitutes Exemplary College Science Teaching?

The monograph Exemplary Science series’ latest volume, Exemplary College Science Teaching, edited by Robert Yager, is dedicated to the community of college and university teaching scholars who are working to enhance science education through the development and testing of best classroom practices. “For too long there have been few who have thought beyond lectures and [...]

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What Are Very Young Students’ Ideas About Science? Page Keeley Can Help You Find Out

When I wrote about Uncovering Student Ideas recently, I didn’t know that a new volume was in the works specifically designed for K-2 students. What a marvelous idea! The eighth book in the series, Uncovering Student Ideas in Primary Science: 25 New Formative Assessment Probes for Grades K-2 is the first one that exclusively targets young children’s ideas. The [...]

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Wondering “Why?” with NSTA Kids

“Why are there so many different kinds of rocks?” “Why can’t you see the wind?” “Why does it rain?” “Why, why, why?” Anyone who has spent any time with little kids knows that their inquisitiveness knows no bounds. The best part is exploring together the answers to questions that make you both wonder. Remember, you [...]

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Apply to the New Science Teacher Academy: Don’t Miss Your Chance!

The August 26 deadline for applying to the NSTA New Science Teacher Academy is almost here, but there’s still time. To highlight the benefits of being accepted into the program, former Academy Fellows share how the experience has had a positive impact on both their own practice and the achievement of their students. In this [...]

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