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Ersatz Kitchen Table

I recently discovered a Facebook post in which a parent expressed disagreement over how I graded her son’s assignment. This unleashed a torrent of hateful, profanity-laced comments including one person saying I should be fired. I’m afraid something like this could ruin my good reputation at school. Any thoughts on how to handle this? — […]

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Supporting Students With Disabilities in STEM

Jason, is this big enough?” My seventh-grade teacher asked me about the text on the whiteboard, in front of the entire class. Much to my horror, she continued to ask this repeatedly for what felt like the rest of the year. As a middle school student who had suddenly become aware of pretty girls and […]

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Ed News: The Prevalence of Collaboration Among American Teachers

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This week in education news, new survey finds half of parents are not “very confident” in their ability to help their children with science; U.S. News STEM Solutions partners with USA Science & Engineering Festival; Pearson is selling off its U.S. print and digital curriculum business to focus on assessments and virtual schools; new research […]

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Connecting with families

Establishing close communication with families is an objective for early childhood educators and the programs they work in (NAEYC, ECERS-R, Head Start). You might be connecting with family members when greeting children at the door to the classroom in the morning or at pick-up time at the end of the day, sending email and paper newsletters, posting on […]

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Lemonade Stands and Summer Activity Resources

Thanks to a teacher who was moving and in a new job, I received boxes of resources from Zoobooks to CESI publications to posters that will interest children and convey concepts today as well as they did 30 years ago—sorting by an attribute and measuring will always be important in science education. Many of the […]

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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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