The National Science Education Standards for grades 5–8 emphasize
the importance of teaching about cells and cell processes. Because
cells are the basic building blocks of life, the opportunities for
teaching about them are plentiful. This issue touches on methods
for teaching controversial topics connected with cells, such as
stem cell research; learning strategies, such as how to build a
walk-in cell for your students to study; and ideas for teaching
about cells that other teachers have found effective.
Cells in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit
for national news for science educators).
News articles selected for this issue discuss various topics related
to cells, from new studies to moral and ethical concerns about stem
cell advances. To read the news articles, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-07/news_stories_middle.htm.
on the Net
In this month's middle level journal, Science Scope, NSTA
members can read "Embracing Controversy in the Classroom."
The link to that article is http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=ss&n=50618.
is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online content
chosen to augment printed articles and books. It does so through
keywords; the keywords for this issue are
Journal Articles on Cells
These articles from the NSTA Journal Archive present some classic
ways to teach cells to your students. Click here to learn more:
NSTA Press and NSTA Recommends books offer the latest information
for science educators. Selections for this issue are the newest
titles from NSTA Press and are grade-appropriate books chosen for
their relevance to this month's theme: Cells. Click here for this
issue's recommended titles:
To read about the newest titles available from NSTA Press, visit
To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level,
In his article, "Promoting Positivity, Choice,
and Reflection," Marvin Marshall defines three practices
that he thinks can make school a place where teachers and students
want to be. To read what the developer of the Raise Responsibility
System has to say about practicing positive self-talk and sharing
the technique with staff and students, visit http://www.marvinmarshall.com/promoting_positivity.htm.
In the May 26 issue of Education Week, Karen
Diegmueller writes that "education journalists from some
40 countries gathered…in the suburbs of Paris…to share
information and insights about the education systems in one another’s
countries." Read more at http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2005/05/26/39fiep_web.h24.html.
new "Issues in Depth" column debuted in the July 2005
issue. The topic of the first column is "Setting FIRES to
Stem Cell Research." To preview this provocative new column,
of your summer time to review the many science teaching resources
that are available on the NSTA website.
Call for Papers
Science Scope (grades 69) has issued
a Call for Papers on selected topics. Click here to read more:
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