In this issue, the elementary edition of Science Class
focuses on Science
Teaching Today. This
theme is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources:
news stories, SciLinks, books, and NSTA journal articles.
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Today, science teachers across the country are dealing with many
challenges, such as the upcoming No Child Left Behind science testing;
the fact that too few qualified science teachers are entering the
profession as many veteran teachers retire; the controversy surrounding
the teaching of evolution, especially in light of recent headline-making
court cases involving the teaching of creationism and intelligent
design; the challenge of finding time for professional development;
and the debate over whether direct instruction is more effective
than discovery learning. We touch on many of these subjects in this
issue, but we're sure you face many other challenges in your teaching.
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Teaching Today in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit
for national news for science educators).
This month’s news stories highlight issues affecting teachers
nationwide, including effective science teaching methods, adequacy
of salaries, and personal safety at school. Visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-05/news_stories_elementary.htm
to learn more.
on the Net
NSTA's WebNews Digest has an entire section devoted to the Teaching
Profession. To read articles that spotlight the challenges of science
Articles on Science Teaching Today
The following NSTA journal articles provide insight into today's
science teaching profession.
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The NSTA Science Store and catalogs offer NSTA Press books and
other outstanding titles for science educators. Selections for this
issue are the newest titles that NSTA Press has to offer; they are
grade appropriate and were chosen for their relevance to this month's
theme: Science Teaching Today. Click here for this issue's recommended
To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level,
In the April 27 edition of Education Week,
the article "Study Sees Positive Effects of Teacher Certification"
examines the results of a Houston study that determined "students
learn more from certified teachers than they do from uncertified
teachers." To read the article, visit
(free registration required)
The NSTA International Task Force, chaired by NSTA
President-Elect Mike Padilla, sponsored several events at NSTA’s
National Convention in Dallas, which attracted 174 attendees from
43 countries besides the United States. The task force is thoroughly
exploring what role NSTA should play in establishing international
collaborations related to science education. To read more about
the International Task Force, visit
Call for Papers
Science and Children (Grades preK5) has issued a Call
for Papers on specific topics. Click here to find out more:
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