Tag Archives: professional development

Preparing for your first teaching job

I’m finishing my student teaching and looking forward to getting a job as a high school physics teacher after I graduate. How can I prepare for my first job, even before I get one? —Carl, Denver, Colorado You certainly are looking ahead! You’ll have many challenges as a first-year teacher, so being as prepared as [...]

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Save the Date: NSTA National Conference on Science Education Boston, April 3–6, 2014

Science teachers, put our national conference on your 2014 calendar now. The National Science Teachers Association will be coming to Boston April 3–6, 2014 to put on the premiere event for science education. Top-notch professional learning opportunities, fresh ideas for your classroom teaching, chances to learn about what really works (or doesn’t) from your peers, [...]

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Brush up on your science content knowledge

At NSTA’s recent fall conferences in Portland and Charlotte, NSTA Press author Bill Robertson led teachers in refresher courses on physical science topics such as sound, light, and force and motion. Robertson’s bestselling book series, Stop Faking It! Finally Understanding Science So You Can Teach It, has been a reliable resource for teachers looking to [...]

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NSTA’s K-College Journals: Live for November

You’ve turned the clocks back an hour, but you’re still short on time—that’s what most teachers tell us! How can the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) help? With grade-level journals targeted to your needs, written by educators who know what works. Our November journals are live online (with select articles being free for all, and [...]

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Understanding science

I’ve been a longtime fan of Understanding Science from the University of California Museum of Paleontology at Berkeley. It’s a comprehensive resource for learning more about the processes of science as used in the real world. The processes of science are represented as fluid and iterative, showing that science does not follow a structured recipe. [...]

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Bridging Elementary and Secondary Science and the Common Core: Featured Strand at NSTA Conference in Portland, OR, October 24-26, 2013

This October, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) will feature a special strand “Bridging Elementary and Secondary Science and the Common Core” at our Conference on Science Education in Portland, OR, October 24-26, 2013. Adopted by most states, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) must be supported by all content areas, and NSTA recognizes how [...]

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Research in science teaching

Over the summer, I’ve been catching up on articles in NSTA’s Journal of College Science Teaching. One feature I appreciated in the July issue is the NSTA Committee on Research in Science Education’s suggestions of 15 science education research articles that were published in the journals of NSTA’s affiliates. The article Current Research: 2013 Summer [...]

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Apply to the New Science Teacher Academy: Don’t Miss Your Chance!

The August 26 deadline for applying to the NSTA New Science Teacher Academy is almost here, but there’s still time. To highlight the benefits of being accepted into the program, former Academy Fellows share how the experience has had a positive impact on both their own practice and the achievement of their students. In this [...]

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NSTA publication monthly features

In addition to articles on a featured theme for each issue, NSTA journals have monthly columns that offer suggestions on content and teaching strategies for K-12. If you subscribe to a journal as a member, you have access to all of these! Science & Children: (Middle school teachers may want to look at the activities, [...]

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NSTA’s e-mail lists: PD gold mine

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) members are an active bunch! When they’re not in their classrooms, they’re continuing their professional development (PD) by taking classes, presenting sessions to their colleagues at conferences, serving as mentors to students and teachers, and sharing their experiences in NSTA publications and online in the NSTA member e-mail lists. The lists—an NSTA member-only [...]

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