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Science Class celebrates its second anniversary with this issue. Thank you to all of our readers for making the past year such a success. Science Class now reaches more than 150,000 science educators every month! Your feedback on how we can better serve you—our readers—has been invaluable. As we enter our third year of "publication," please continue to let us know how we are doing. Use the Feedback link or e-mail us at enewsletterfeedback@nsta.org.

In this issue, the elementary edition of Science Class focuses on Project-based Learning Experiences. This theme is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources: news stories, Internet SciLinks, books, and NSTA journal articles.

To view the middle level and high school versions of Science Class, please click on the links at left.

PROJECT-BASED LEARNING EXPERIENCES

The features of project-based learning include being learner-centered, community-centered, and multidisciplinary. Advocates of project-based learning praise the excitement and motivation that comes from conveying that learning is interesting and valuable, but critics say that the planning, the assessment challenges, and the additional time required make it impractical in today's classroom. We realize this approach does have its challenges, so we've provided you with some thoughtful examples of how project-based learning can work.

Project-based Learning in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (Visit http://www.nsta.org/mainnews for nationwide news for science educators).

District Gives Students Glimpse of the Stars (The Detroit News)

Project-based learning can take many forms. Read an article from The Detroit News that discusses how students learn about astronomy with Starlab, an inflatable portable dome that can act as a planetarium, a globe, or even the inside of a living cell.

Click here to read more:

http://www.detnews.com/2004/schools/0403/01/c03-78085.htm

Project-based Learning on the Net

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 for this issue is:

Scientific Investigations: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263562110441044

NSTA Articles on Project-based Learning

The following NSTA journal articles provide you with useful ideas on project-based learning.

Click here to read more:

http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-04/elementary.htm

Books, Books, Books

Click here to view the NSTA Catalog books on project-based learning:

http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-04/books_elementary.htm

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

http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-04/newbookselem.htm


Professional Development

First Major Study Suggests Worth of National 'Seal'

The first in a long-awaited series of studies shows that nationally certified teachers are more effective at raising their students' reading and math scores than are teachers who apply for the credential but do not receive it. (Education Week)

Click here to read more:

http://www.edweek.org/ew/ewstory.cfm?slug-27certify.h23

NSTA Opportunities

NSTA's Position Papers—Advocating for Science Education

NSTA's research-based position statements outline the organization's stand on critical issues in science education. These position papers can offer you a sound voice on important issues affecting science education today. These statements provide you with valuable background on today's science education issues.

Click here to read more:

http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-04/www.pdf

Win with NSTA's Book Club

This month's books focus on Patterns in Nature. Visit http://www.nsta.org/bookclub
to download the reading list, see suggested activities, and learn how to win free stuff
from the Science Store.

Write for NSTA's Journals

Science & Children (Grades PreK–5) has issued this Call for Papers on specific topics. Click here to find out more:

http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-04/sc.htm

Next Month's Theme:

Working with Weather


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