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Positive environments: Early childhood education conferences






Two early childhood conferences I attended this month, a national conference and a local regional conference, were awash with sessions on science, STEM, and STEAM education. Although science education is my main focus, I enjoy attending conferences because in addition to the terrific learning experience, it always lifts my spirits. Something about large numbers of […]

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Nurture a love of learning in your science classroom

Book cover image for "What Are They Thinking?"






How can we cultivate a student’s (and a teacher’s!) natural love of learning and exploration amid so many demands in today’s schools? The recent article “When Success Leads to Failure” in The Atlantic by teacher–author Jessica Lahey drew our attention once again to the pressure students feel to test well and excel in their studies—perhaps […]

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Differences between “Inquiry” and “Practices”






“Inquiry” and “practices” are recognized actions in science teaching that are used in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  “Inquiry” was a term which was central to many science education reform efforts–certainly those indicated in the “old” 1996 National Science Education Standards (NSES).  In 1991 the NSTA President asked the National Research Council (NRC) to […]

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Issues regarding use of “Inquiry” vs. “Practices” for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)






–Occasional commentary by Robert E. Yager (NSTA President, 1982-1983) Inquiry is a term which has been central to reform efforts, certainly those included in the 1996 (old) National Science Education Standards (NSES). Inquiry was a term used to define what science is as well as how science should be taught. The term was “avoided” as […]

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