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Making connections

One of the perks of being an NSTA member is having access to all of the journals online. Regardless of the grade level you teach, the journals have ideas that can be used, adapted, or extended for different levels of student interest and experience. In the July K-12 journals, the overarching theme seems to be [...]

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Science beyond the classroom

Among the misconceptions that students may have is their perception of the “mad scientist” — a solitary person in a white coat who works in a laboratory with odd smells and beeping noises. So when teachers refer to students as scientists, they may be a little wary of the label. Students might not realize that [...]

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Science 101

Each issue of Science & Children, NSTA’s elementary school journal, features the column Science 101 with explanations of various topics and phenomena. These are written for teachers and include many examples and illustrations. The author is Bill Robertson, who has also written the NSTA Press book series, Stop Faking It! Finally Understanding Science So You [...]

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The “green” classroom

Each issue of The Science Teacher, NSTA’s high school journal, features the column The Green Room, with background information, classroom activities, and resources to make your teaching more environmentally friendly. Amanda Beckrich is the author of these articles. She is an environmental science teacher and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program Coordinator at Christ Church [...]

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Learning by thinking

At a professional development workshop several years ago, I heard a teacher say “I do lots of activities. My students are so busy, they don’t have time to think!” Her statement has haunted me to this day. I wondered what students learned by following someone else’s busy, fast-paced agenda of activities. It sounded exhausting, for [...]

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Safe science (Spring 2014)

Questions and discussions about safety are often seen in the NSTA e-mail listserves and discussion forums. Each month, columns on safety in the science lab are featured in NSTA’s Science Scope (Scope on Safety) and The Science Teacher (Safer Science). These columns are written by Ken Roy, Director of Environmental Health and Safety for Glastonbury [...]

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Physical science activities

Middle schoolers enjoy a challenge. The featured articles in this issue show that incorporating physical science concepts with engineering practices and crosscutting concepts can lead to challenging projects for students (and their teachers as they choose and develop activities aligned with the NGSS). As budgets for equipment and supplies shrink, it’s interesting to read articles [...]

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Science for all

How many of us have said that students don’t study enough? A more fundamental question: Do they know how to study? Teachers may assume so, especially for secondary students. Many of the featured articles in this issue focus on strategies that focus on students learning how to learn and making the language of science accessible [...]

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Language development in science

For many students, science itself is a new language, with specialized vocabulary and an emphasis on observations and evidence, rather than feelings or opinions. Even the graphics in books and websites go beyond being decorative to include the language of tables, diagrams, graphs, captions, sidebars, and footnotes. The featured articles in this issue demonstrate classroom- [...]

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Top 10 reasons for visting the conference exhibit hall

With a nod to David Letterman, here are my top 10 reasons for spending time in the exhibit hall: 10.  Interacting with people. You get a chance to meet and talk with other members and vendors. 9.  Planning ideas for your summer “vacation.” Lots of information about summer programs, travel opportunities, and graduate study. 8.  [...]

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