October 9–15 is Earth Science Week, and the American Geological
Institute (AGI) has selected "Geoscientists Explore the Earth"
as this year's theme. The celebration highlights the important work
that geoscientists do every day and educates the public about the
types of careers within the geosciences. AGI hopes that "during
Earth Science Week, you will bring some aspect of Earth science
into your classroom. You can do an Earth science lab activity with
your class, or invite local scientists to your classroom to talk
about their careers. Participate in a national data collection research
project, or have your students enter one of our Earth Science Week
contests. Your students will not only learn something new about
the world around them, but will have fun discovering why Earth Science
is important to society." For more information about Earth
Science Week, visit http://www.earthsciweek.org.
This issue of Science Class can help you celebrate Earth
Science Week by providing many ideas for ways to instill a sense
of stewardship for the Earth in your students.
Science in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit
for national news for science educators).
News stories for this issue cover several topics in Earth science,
ranging from the Earth’s “sensitive side” and
its seasons to how volcanoes may have sparked life on the planet.
Another article explains how students learn about the Earth.
to learn more.
Science on the Web
In this month's middle level journal, Science Scope, NSTA
members can read Identification of Minerals by visiting
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
Earth Science: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263565511101055
Journal Articles on Earth Science
Click here to learn more:
To read about the newest titles available from NSTA Press, visit
To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level,
Program Improvement Review (SPIR)
SPIR is NSTA’s new initiative to help teachers
and administrators assess—then strengthen—the science
instruction being provided to their students. SPIR is a standards-based
strategy that culminates in a comprehensive written assessment
of a school's or district’s science instructional program
as well as recommendations for improvement as needed.
NSTA-trained and certified SPIR reviewers will
work with school or district teachers and administrators to align
their science instruction more closely with state and national
science standards for teaching, professional development, assessment,
content, and program.
For more information, visit http://www.nsta.org/spir.
Target Math, Science Instruction
Two new initiatives designed to increase the number
of science and math teachers in America made headlines recently.
IBM plans to financially back employees leaving the company to
become science and math educators, and the Department of Education
is teaming up with TechNet as part of the Teacher-to-Teacher initiative,
a program that offers educators professional development and research-based
strategies. To read more about these initiatives, visit the following
IBM to Encourage Employees to Become Math
and Science Teachers
New Programs Support Teacher Success
Invitation for Our International Colleagues
Any international visitors to our Anaheim convention
are invited to submit a proposal to present a session. To view
the invitation or to obtain the proposal form, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-10/international.htm.
Prepare to Launch Homemade Satellite
A microsatellite built largely from donated parts
in university workshops across Europe will be launched soon. The
Student Space Exploration Technology Initiative Express is about
the size of a small washing machine. Constructed by more than
400 students from 23 universities in 12 countries, the spacecraft
will take photographs of Earth, test a cold-gas altitude control
system, and function as a radio transponder for amateur radio
operators. To read more, visit Space.com at http://space.com/businesstechnology/050921_techwed_sseti.html.
These face-to-face professional development opportunities
at NSTA conventions are half-day, standards-based programs designed
to enhance educators' scientific content and pedagogical practices.
Presenters include scientists, engineers, and educational specialists
from NASA, as well as renowned NSTA Press authors. Six exciting
programs are scheduled to take place this fall at NSTA area conventions.
For more information and to register visit http://institute.nsta.org/symposia.asp.
These 90-minute live professional development experiences
use online learning technologies to allow participants to interact
with nationally acclaimed experts; NSTA Press authors; and scientists,
engineers, and education specialists from NSTA government partners,
such as NASA and NOAA—all from the convenience of your desktop!
Educators use online tools that allow them to markup
and annotate presenters' slides, share desktop applications, or
engage in chat, survey, and poll questions with others online.
Seminars may be archived and are available for viewing after the
live event has occurred. Be sure to check out the fall schedule
for these exciting learning opportunities and to register by going
Science Scope (grades 69) has issued
a Call for Papers on selected topics. Click here to read more:
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