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In this issue, the high school edition of Science Class focuses on Inquiring into Authentic Problems. This theme is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources: news stories, Internet SciLinks, books, and NSTA journal articles.

To view the elementary and middle level versions of Science Class, please click on the links to your left.


Whether you are a seasoned educator or a novice high school teacher, looking for new and exciting teaching ideas is more than likely on your "to do" list. Engaging your students in hands-on activities that deal with real-life situations can be a great way to enliven your curriculum. Activities can be simple or complex, but the ultimate benefit is actually getting to do science.

Read on to see how you can encourage your students to inquire through authentic investigations!

Authentic Problems in the News

Several methods exist for engaging your students in inquiry-based activities. Read this article from the Sacramento Bee that discuss how students participate in a forensic science program.

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Authentic Problems on the Net

In this month's high school journal, The Science Teacher, NSTA members read "Fostering Inquiry through Problem-Based Learning." The link to that article is:


SciLinks is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online content chosen for printed articles and books. It does so through keywords; the keywords from this issue are:

Genetic Disease, Screening, and Counseling:

NSTA Articles on Authentic Problems

The following NSTA journal articles provide you with ideas for classroom lessons and activities related to inquiring into authentic problems.

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Books, Books, Books

Click here to view a list of books from the NSTA Catalog that deal with authentic problems.


Click here to view the newest titles from NSTA Press:


Professional Development

The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is in its second year. As the most ambitious federal effort to raise achievement in public schools in decades, it is one of the most complicated education laws passed by Congress. Consequently, many myths and misperceptions surround NCLB. Washington Post reporter Jay Mathews outlines ten frequently heard myths about the law.

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NSTA Opportunities

'Tis the Season to Shop

As holiday shopping kicks into high gear, don’t forget about the science teacher on your gift list, even if it
means shopping for yourself!

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Online Career Center

Are you looking for a challenging new job or career change? Or, do you want to hire the most qualified science teacher? NSTA’s Career Center has the resources you need to successfully accomplish all your career-related goals.

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Write for NSTA's Journals

NSTA members want to read about your teaching experiences. To find out more, visit:

The Science Teacher (Grades 9–12) http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-12/tst.htm

Next Month's Theme:

Designing Inquiry Pathways

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