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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 middle level edition of Science Class focuses on Collecting, Interpreting, and Analyzing Data. 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 at left.

COLLECTING, INTERPRETING, & ANALYZING DATA

As a science educator, you want your students to think and act like scientists, which includes presenting their data and communicating findings to their peers. Students at the middle school level are expected to use appropriate tools and techniques, including mathematics and graphing, to analyze and interpret data and to communicate experimental findings. When students can identify and explore factors that affect data, such as variability and reliability, their skills of observation, measurement, and experimental design improve. To help you help your students, we've put together a collection of ideas on collecting data.

Data Collection in the News

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

Discover through this month's news articles the various ways you can teach your students to collect and analyze data. Articles selected for this issue discuss how schools and scientists partner in an astrophysics project, as well as how students are selected to work with NASA scientists at a space flight facility and on an experiment with the agency.

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

Data Collection on the Net

In this month's middle level journal, Science Scope, NSTA members read "Watershed Investigations." The link to that article is:

http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=ss&n=49177

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:

Presenting Scientific Data: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263565510441044

NSTA Articles on Data Collection

The following NSTA journal articles provide you with useful ideas about collecting, interpreting, and analyzing data.

Click here to read more:

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

Books, Books, Books

Click here to view the NSTA Catalog books on collecting, interpreting, and analyzing data:

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

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

http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-04/newbooksmiddle.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

Coming Your Way: A Summer Issue of Science Scope

You told us you have more time for reading and planning in the summer months, so we are mailing our first-ever summer issue of Science Scope this July.

Click here to read more:

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

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

Write for NSTA's Journals

Science Scope (Grades 6–9) has issued this Call for Papers on specific topics. Click here to find out more:

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

Next Month's Theme:

Fun and Games


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