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In this issue, the middle level edition of Science Class focuses on Interdisciplinary Science. 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 high school versions of Science Class, please click on the links to your left.

INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE

Interdisciplinary units not only allow you to connect your curriculum to the world outside the science lab, but they also help you to strengthen the bonds between departments at your school. Science can be integrated with various disciplines, such as fine and performing arts, languages, history, reading, or mathematics. The possibilities are endless! Read on to see what new and innovative ideas you can gain to combine your science lessons with other disciplines.

Interdisciplinary Science in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Service.

One teacher's love for the science of Antarctica is translated into several activities for students that involve art, mathematics, and literature. Read more in this article from the Portsmouth Herald.

Click here to read more:

http://www.seacoastonline.com/2003news/12092003/news/64535.htm

Interdisciplinary Science on the Net

In this month's middle level journal, Science Scope, NSTA members read "Looks Count for Communities." The link to that article is:

http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=ss&n=48904

SciLinks is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online content chosen for printed articles and books. It does so through keywords; the keyword from "Looks Count for Communities" is:

Population Growth: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263565510111044

NSTA Articles on Interdisciplinary Science

The following NSTA journal articles provide you with ideas for classroom lessons and activities related to interdisciplinary science.

Click here to read more:

http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-01/middle.htm

Books, Books, Books

Click here to view a list of books from the NSTA Catalog that discuss interdisciplinary science:

http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-01/books_middle.htm

Click here to view the list of new books from NSTA Press:

http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-01/newbooksmiddle.htm


Professional Development

12 Things Top School Leaders Know (and You Should, Too)

Although many school administrators are hopping from job to job or getting axed in today's challenging educational environment, there are some who aren't just surviving but thriving. Despite all the pressures, they ooze confidence and win kudos—even awards—from teachers and parents throughout their communities. Who are these beloved leaders and how have they kept their edge? Read on to find out what standout administrators say are the 12 keys to success.

Click here to read this article from the Scholastic Administrator:

http://www.scholastic.com/administrator/novdec03/articles.asp?article=secrets

NSTA Opportunities

SciLinks: New Look, New Features

SciLinks helps science educators harness the resources of the Internet by connecting key textbook subjects to
NSTA-approved webpages that enrich student learning inside and outside the science classroom. By linking to a
brief notation found in the margin of a science textbook, NSTA Press book, or NSTA journal, teachers and students can access vetted webpages that provide real-time information and new content on a host of science topics.

Click here to read more:

http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-01/www.pdf

Write for NSTA's Journals

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

Science Scope (Grades 6–9) http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-01/scope.htm

Next Month's Theme:

One to Grow On: Professional Development


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