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Effective partnerships

My school has been approached by a university to form a partnership to apply for grants for elementary science and math. What factors should we consider regarding this offer?  —L., California This could be a great opportunity to supplement or enhance the professional development, materials, programs, or technology in your school, especially if you have […]

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Learn About Argumentation With NSTA Press Author Victor Sampson

Join NSTA Press author Victor Sampson in Orlando for workshops about scientific argumentation.  Scientific Argumentation in Biology Attendees will receive a copy of the book Scientific Argumentation in Biology. Date: Feb. 25, 2015 Place: Marriott Residence Inn Orlando at SeaWorld Registration: 1 Day: $195/per person Visit www.scientificargumentation.com/upcoming-workshops.html to register and learn more about the Scientific […]

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Changing careers

I am thinking of switching careers to become a secondary science teacher (I currently work for an environmental agency). Before I decide, what should I consider? —S., Connecticut Being a science teacher is a rewarding and challenging experience, helping students develop and pursue their own interests in a subject you are passionate about. Many of […]

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The Science of Design: Structure and Function: Featured Strand at NSTA’s 2015 National Conference on Science Education in Chicago, IL, March 12-15

If you’ve been to Chicago, you know it’s an ideal place to focus on design and architecture. So this March, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) will feature a special strand “The Science of Design: Structure and Function” at our 2015 National Conference on Science Education, in Chicago, March 12–15. Our conference organizers recognize that […]

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Teaching Every Child by Embracing Diversity: Featured Strand at NSTA’s 2015 National Conference on Science Education in Chicago, IL, March 12-15

This March, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) will feature a special strand “Teaching Every Child by Embracing Diversity” at our 2015 National Conference on Science Education, in Chicago, March 12–15. We’re starting with the knowledge that all classrooms are diverse; learners bring a variety of cultures, backgrounds, and experiences to the study of science. […]

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Teacher reflections

When I was student teaching, we had to do a “reflection journal.” Now that I have my own teaching assignment, I’m wondering if teachers keep such a document. If so, what do they put in it? What format do they use and how do they find the time for journaling?   —L., Vermont Teachers are constantly […]

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Prepping for a pre-service teacher

I agreed to work with a student teacher next semester, and I’m looking forward to the experience. I teach three classes of biology and an AP class at the high school and two sections of middle school science. Should the student teacher take all of these preps, including the middle school one? In addition to […]

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#NSTA14 Orlando: Highlights From the Hall

We’re just one short week away from the Orlando NSTA 2014 Area Conference on Science Education. We’ll be making ourselves at home at the Orange County Convention Center in sunny Orlando, Florida, November 6–8, 2014. We invite you to join us as we explore Science: Adventures into the Future. Conference strands will focus on elementary […]

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NSTA’s K–12 Science Education Journals: October 2014 Issues Online

Patterns,  arguing from evidence, and ecosystem ecology—these are the themes of the October 2014 science education journals published by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Each issue is filled with articles written by science educators who’ve tested their ideas in the classroom. So take some time to enjoy the fall weather, and cozy up to […]

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Uncovering Student Ideas in Science Workshops at NSTA’s Area Conferences This Fall

“Uncovering Student Ideas is highly recommended for teachers at every level; it contains a set of essential tools that cross discipline, grade, and ability levels. There’s no better way to guide your planning and decision-making process.” —from Juliana Texley’s review of Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Vol. 4 Research has shown that the effective use […]

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