In this issue, the high school edition of Science
Class focuses on Science
on a Shoestring Budget. This
theme is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources:
news stories, Internet SciLinks, books, and NSTA journal articles.
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SCIENCE ON A SHOESTRING
It's the beginning of the school year, you're excited about trying
a new lesson, you approach your department head for funds, only
to be told that the budget is already stretched to the limit. Does
this scenario sound familiar? The challenges of this new school
year are many, and budgets stretched to their limits are the reality.
You have undoubtedly had to dip into your own funds for teaching
materials, but is that the only solution? The answer is no. Read
on for many suggestions, ideas, and means of securing funding, saving
money, and doing science on a shoestring budget.
on a Shoestring on the Net
In this month's high school journal, The Science Teacher,
NSTA members read "Earth System Science Project." The
link to that article is:
NSTA Teachers Grab
The Teachers' Grab Bag on the NSTA website lists many inexpensive
or free items, such as trial versions of educational software and
Click here to learn more:
One of the best ways to stretch limited science department budget
dollars is through grants.
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Articles on Science on a Shoestring
The following NSTA journal articles provide you with ideas for
inexpensive science lessons.
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NSTA has put together a catalog of the latest NSTA Press books
for the high school teacher. To view the catalog, click here:
The real crisis in school reform, writes Frederick
Hess in Common Sense School Reform, is that so few of our
schools are excellent, so many are mediocre, and yet we, the adults
responsible, are content to tinker and theorize. Demands for radical
change are often met by protestations of good intentions, pleas
for patience, and an endless stream of ineffectual reforms. Read
his "common sense agenda" for tough-minded accountability:
"Creationism is not taboo in classroom discussions
in other Western countries. But generally the topic is fodder for
religion classes. If teachers do discuss the idea in science class
that God created all life on Earth, they stress that evolution is
the theory almost universally accepted by scientists for explaining
how humans came into being," writes Michelle Galley in Education
Read more on how other countries deal with the teaching
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