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What science teachers are reading June 2015






Here are the most-read books, e-books, and children’s trade books on NSTA’s website this month. Click over to the NSTA Science Store and catch up on what’s hot this June on science teachers’ reading tables and tablets. Most Popular NSTA Press Books Teaching Science Through Trade Books More Picture-Perfect Science Lessons: Using Children’s Books to […]

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Va-cation, stay-cation, and edu-cation

But teachers get the summers off!! How many times do we see that in op-eds and online conversations? Those who make that comment obviously have never been a teacher, a family member of a teacher, or friend of a teacher. As a teacher, I never had a summer “off.” My classes did not end until […]

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Goal-setting

Our new principal wants us to come up with goals to accomplish in the next year. He hasn’t provided much guidance yet, so I don’t know what to do. How can I do this meaningfully?   —J., Delaware The end of the school year is a good time to reflect. This often leads to developing professional […]

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Webinars for K-5 on teaching the NGSS: making sense of phenomena using evidence






The National Science Teachers Association’s Web Seminars are free, 90-minute, live professional development experiences. Next Generation Science Standards (K-12)(NGSS) were written to include early childhood, beginning in Kindergarten. To learn more about aspects of the NGSS such as, constructing explanations from evidence, making meaning through discourse, and planning a coherent storyline that guides both the teacher […]

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Webinar Wednesday for the Week of the Young Child, April 12-18






Are you celebrating the Week of the Young Child (WOYC)? Music Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday and Family Friday are the daily themes set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to inspire us to “focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to […]

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Professional development strategies






I’ve been asked to conduct a science workshop for elementary teachers. Can you suggest fun activities for us?  —D., Illinois I’m concerned about science professional development (PD) that consists of gee-whiz, dazzling “experiments” done by a presenter in front of an audience of teachers. I witnessed such a presentation once. The K-3 teachers all replicated […]

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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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