Category Archives: NSTA Membership

Interesting activity in the various pockets and corners of our far-flung association. Click on a headline to read the entire post.

My NSTA Journey

Dear NSTA Colleagues, I hope you have had a chance to read NSTA’s newest position statement: The Teaching of Climate Science. I draw your attention to it now, because it has been my great pleasure to be involved with the creation of it. And I’d like to encourage you to not only read this but […]

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Three Ways to Be an NSTA Volunteer

Volunteering is often considered a valuable asset on a resume or CV for almost any profession, including educators. Professionals of any age can develop new skills, expand professional networks, and open doors to opportunities for career growth through volunteering. Get involved in shaping the future of NSTA by participating in one of the following three […]

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SciFri Dances, the Moon Mourns the #QueenOfSoul, and a Virtual Reality Check: Twitter Tales for Science Teachers

You can’t believe everything you see in social media, but when something’s popular on Twitter/Facebook/Snapchat, it’s sure to be something you can use to catch students’ attention. The stories that caught our eye this week run the gamut from wonderfully eye-catching to thought-provoking. Warning: SciFri dancing could lead to silly grins all day! Every Day […]

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New Committee Members Get Ready to Contribute Their Voice and Join Dedicated NSTA Members in Service

On June 1, 2018, new committee, advisory board, and panel members begin their term of office in service to NSTA over the next three years. As they do so, I would like to welcome each of them on behalf of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) leadership, staff, and members, for their willingness to step […]

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Thank You, Mrs. Woracek

I’ve wanted to work in education for as long as I can remember. My mom tells a story of me “teaching” our family cat before I would leave for preschool. This typically involved storytime (me reading to the cat) and a snack (mostly for me) and was lovingly called “Kitty-garden.” As far back as anyone […]

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Thank You, Mrs. Kennedy

  I was in 6th grade at Rose Tree Elementary School in Media, Pennsylvania, in October of 1957 when Sputnik was launched. When our class heard the beep-beep-beep of its telemetry when it passed overhead, the Cold War seemed very warm indeed. This wake-up call for our nation was taken to heart by one special […]

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Finding 3-Dimensional Inspiration

With adoption and subsequent implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards in my state (Rhode Island was first to adopt- gulp!), I have taken the last few years to shift to three dimensional lessons that focus on conceptual learning. As I have gathered nuggets of information to help me with the transition in my own […]

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Science Teaching Stories: 140 Characters at a Time

In the world of Twitter we use 140 characters to tell wonderful and informative stories.  And, in the world of NSTA, stories about excellence and innovations in science teaching are abounding.  When joining the two worlds we make #NSTAchat—an answer to those who utilize social media to inform them about science teaching stories. Click to […]

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Challenging Our Brightest Thinkers

Although I encourage all of my students to consider a career in the sciences, I know it is probable that only the most persistent, passionate, and brightest will chose such a career path. I’ve been fortunate to teach many such students. This past May, a former student of mine earned the Best in Mathematics Award […]

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Stuck in the Middle?

A short story about one Massachusetts middle school deciding between a layered or integrated curriculum format I’m going to date myself by stating this, but as a middle schooler, I used to love those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books that gave you the power to choose how the story unfolded.  Remember those?!  If not, the […]

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