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Experimenting with Labs

How can I help my students get the most out of their lab experiences? —J., Tennessee A lab that follows a step-by-step “recipe” does not challenge students to think much. Allowing them to design their own experimental procedures and identify variables and controls is a very powerful teaching method. General advice: Safety is always first! […]

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Adding Life to the Classroom

I’ve been considering adding some live animals to my classroom for my students to study. What should I consider before taking the leap? —K., Washington   Live animals definitely make science real and much more interesting than pictures, books, or videos can. You can always find a use for them when teaching the nature of […]

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Testy Lab Behavior

I have a few students who test me, as well as my mentor teacher, in most directions and instructions that we give and will abuse the science materials. Any suggestions on how to address this behavior? – D., Maryland Let me put your mind at ease. Everyone has encountered these students! I wish I could […]

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NSTA’s K-12 April 2016 Science Education Journals Online

Want your elementary students to think, read, and write like scientists? Want to take advantage of the emergence of tablets in the classroom? Wondering how you can teach science to a classroom full of students with different backgrounds and socioeconomic status’s? The April K–12 journals from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) have the answers […]

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