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Science and families

Communicating with parents and other caregivers is important for student success. The topic of parental involvement has been addressed in NSTA blogs and publications, with ideas for parent conferences, back-to-school nights or open houses, summer activities, and family science events. Here’s a quick look  at some of these ideas: From the Ms. Mentor blog Facilitating [...]

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Anecdotes from parents: what is important from the child’s viewpoint

It is always nice to hear from the parents of my students: Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Wanted to share with you Sasha’s painting. She did it yesterday while I was cooking. That is what she wanted to paint and she said that this is a caterpillar. I remembered that you did this [...]

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USA Science and Engineering Festival Expo for all ages

I’m looking forward to the USA Science and Engineering Festival Expo in Washington, D.C., on the National Mall on October 23 and 24 from 10am to 5:30pm. Hosted by Lockheed Martin, the Expo is the free grand finale for a nationwide festival that begins on October 10 with activities across the nation. With over 1,500 [...]

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Meet the parents

I’m a new middle school science teacher, and the thought of back-to-school night is already making me nervous. What should I expect? What should I do? —Kate, Savannah, Georgia Whether it’s held before school starts or during the first few weeks, this annual event provides an opportunity for the important adults in a student’s life [...]

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Facilitating parental support

My school wants to encourage more parental involvement. Any suggestions? —Madeleine, Lafayette, Louisiana “Parental involvement” is a term we think we all understand, but it might help to discuss what “involved” parents are. On the one hand, they might be the parents/caregivers who come to open houses or conferences, belong to the Parent Teacher Association, [...]

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