In this issue, the high school edition of Science
Class focuses on the Professional
theme is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources:
news stories, Internet SciLinks, books, and NSTA journal articles.
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times. We do the same thing here at Science Class. Although
we devote a column to Professional Development in every issue, we
think it's a topic that warrants an entire issue on the subject
from time to time. Use the resources, ideas, and examples provided
in this issue to begin, guide, or continue your professional development
Professional Development in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (Visit
for nationwide news for science educators).
The following news stories will allow you to discover a variety
of programs that can help enhance your career as a science educator.
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Development on the Net
In this month's high school journal, The Science Teacher,
NSTA members read "One Bottleneck at a Time." The link
to that article is:
Articles on Professional Development
The following NSTA journal articles tell teachers' tales of professional
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The NSTA Science Store and catalogs offer NSTA Press books and
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NCLB Could Alter Science Teaching
When it comes to science instruction, do students
learn best by doing, or by "direct instruction?" The
federal No Child Left Behind Act provides some powerful incentives
for the direct approach, observers say.
Click here to read more: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2004/11/10/11science.h24.html
The International Task Force, chaired by Mike Padilla,
President-Elect, held its first meeting in Indianapolis. A broad
range of topics was discussed, including the Task Force's input
to NSTA's Strategic Goals and Objectives.
Additionally, the Task Force hopes to concludes its work and present
its report to the NSTA Board of Directors in August, 2005.
Science Teacher is looking for Good Questions!
The Science Teacher, NSTA's journal for secondary
science teachers, invites teachers to submit questions for the
journal's "Ask the Experts" department. Previous questions
include, "Why does the Moon appear larger in winter?"
or "Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of its container?"
Questions can come from teachers or students. Teachers who submit
questions that are published will receive a gift certificate to
the NSTA Science Store. To submit questions, e-mail department
editor Marc Rosner at MARosner@aol.com.
Write for NSTA's
The Science Teacher (Grades 912) has issued a Call
for Papers on specific topics. Click here to find out more:
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