In this issue, the middle level edition of Science
Class focuses on Tools
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TOOLS FOR TEACHERS
Just as a construction worker should never enter a work zone without
a hard hat, you shouldn't start off a new school year without the
proper tools for teaching. Although you have your own toolbox of
teaching strategies to help you deal with the challenges that come
your way, remember that tools need to be replaced now and again.
They get rusty, worn out, or outdated. This issue is full of "tools"
to grab your students' attention on the first day and beyond.
Tools for Teachers in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (Visit
for nationwide news for science educators).
This month's news stories discuss how teachers participate in professional
development programs, enter partnerships, and design their classroom
to resemble the inside of a spaceshipall in a effort to teach
and interest students about science.
Click here to read more:
Tools for Teachers on the Net
In this month's middle level journal, Science Scope, NSTA
members read "First Day of School." The link to that article
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 this issue is:
Teaching Strategies: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263565510991044
Articles on Tools for Teachers
The following NSTA journal articles provide you with new teaching
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Click here to view the NSTA Catalog books on teaching strategies:
NSTA has put together a catalog of the latest NSTA Press books
for the middle level teacher. To view the catalog, click here:
This policy brief addresses both the benefits of
and concerns raised by use of high-stakes testing. It offers specific
recommendations for policymakers seeking to incorporate these
tests in state accountability systems. Click here to read more:
"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
Write for NSTA's
Science Scope (Grades 69) has issued
a Call for Papers on selected topics. Click here to read more:
Your Good IdeasPresent a Session at an NSTA Convention
Make plans now to share your expertise at an upcoming
NSTA convention (20052006).
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