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Help Your Students Become Proficient in Science Through Argument-Driven Inquiry

“The new aim of science education in the United States is for all students to become proficient in science by the time they finish high school. The argument-driven inquiry (ADI) instruction model was designed as a way to make lab activities more authentic and educative for students and thus help teachers promote and support the […]

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Thoughts of Gardens Can Warm Cold Winter Days

As the temperature dips low and snow piles up across large areas of the country, I find myself thinking about the spring weather to come and working in my garden. So I was delighted to have the chance to read author Steve Rich’s latest NSTA Kids books, My School Yard Garden and Mrs. Carter’s Butterfly […]

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#14Books: NSTA Press Honored to Be on Science Books & Films Best Books List

Field-tested science fair ideas that make students responsible for their own learning… middle school experiments using Rocket Launchers, Sound Pipes, Drinking Birds, and Dropper Poppers… a kid-magnet formula that will get your students engrossed in science while they improve their reading skills… 12 steps that help new teachers hone their classroom skills… expert guidance on […]

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Science lessons for the new year from NSTA Press

The start of the new year is a great time for science teachers to explore fresh lesson ideas for the classroom. NSTA Press’s top-selling books and new publications offer numerous lessons and activities, from learning about amazing caterpillars to exploring air pressure, and from understanding solutions to investigating energy. We’ve collected chapters from popular NSTA […]

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NSTA Press author Victor Sampson presents a webinar on scientific argumentation

Join NSTA Press author Victor Sampson for his webinar “Scientific Argumentation: Helping Students Identify, Evaluate, and Support Claims” (a 2-part course). Use Smithsonian and other published resources to help students judge the quality or reliability of evidence, evaluate scientific claims, and construct scientific arguments. In a live, interactive format, try out an instructional strategy and […]

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National Bird Day Resources from NSTA Press

Today is National Bird Day, and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) has some great resources you can use to celebrate! Enjoy these free chapters from NSTA Press—they will ease you into the new year and help you look forward to spring. Birds, Bugs, and Butterflies: Science Lessons for Your Outdoor Classroom | From the […]

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Learn to engage students in scientific argumentation

In his popular workshops at last week’s NSTA conference in Orlando, Victor Sampson presented tips and strategies for engaging students in scientific argumentation, a key practice of science that helps students master content while they write about and discuss claims and evidence. This month’s Book Beat features classroom activities designed to foster students’ ability to […]

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New from NSTA: Quick Reference Guides to the Next Generation Science Standards

In focus groups, science teachers tell NSTA staff members that time is their biggest challenge. We hear that again and again, and we listen! Many science educators are excited about the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and have begun to implement them in their schools and districts. We hear from many members of our network […]

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Why Did Mrs. Carter Ask a Science Teacher to Create a Butterfly Garden?

It’s not every day that a science-teacher-turned-author gets the call that a former first lady of the United States could use his help. When that happened to me, I was uncertain if I would have anything to offer someone of Mrs. Carter’s stature. I dusted off my decades-old copy of her autobiography for a refresher […]

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7 NSTA Resources that Save Science Teachers Time and Money

Having worked at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) for many years, I get to talk to a lot of science teachers. One of my favorite things about them is how much they share with each other. In fact, I joked at our recent national conference that all the selfies were really “groupies”! So, inspired […]

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