SCIENCE AND LITERACY
In this month's Editor's Corner of The Science Teacher,
Steve Metz writes, "The history of science is also a history
of science writing. For scientists and also for our science students,
the ability to communicate through writing and reading is a crucial
skill at the heart of developing scientific literacy." This
issue of Science Class provides many ideas and resources
for inspiring your students' to write and read about science.
and Literacy in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit
for national news for science educators).
This month’s news stories discuss two publications that can
help teachers boost their students’ understanding of science.
to learn more.
on the Web
In this month's high school journal, The Science Teacher,
NSTA members can read "Literacy and Science." The link
to that article is http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=51459.
For the complete February Table of Contents of The Science Teacher,
Journal Articles on Science and Literacy
The archives of The Science Teacher provide articles that
highlight the importance of science and literacy.
Click here to read more:
To read about Science and Literacy in NSTA Press® and NSTA
Recommends books, visit:
Click here for the newest titles from NSTA Press:
To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level,
Quality Counts at 10, Education Week's
newly published report, provides detailed individualized state-by-state
reports, assembling key findings in an accessible format that
allows readers to examine a particular state’s performance
on this year’s indicators and its progress over time. The
report is free until February 4; it will then
be available for purchase. To read more about the report, visit
A recent BBC News article shows how other
nations are dealing with teacher shortages, and it reveals that
many career changers are choosing to enter the teaching profession.
To read more, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4643928.stm.
These 90-minute, live professional development experiences allow
distant participants to interact with recognized experts, including
NSTA Press authors and NASA scientists, engineers, and education
specialists. Seminars take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m., EST. Because
these online events are grant-funded, they are offered at no cost;
however, the number of participants is limited, so advance registration
is strongly advised. For a full schedule of Seminar topics, dates,
and times, and to register, visit http://institute.nsta.org/web_seminars.asp.
The February Web Seminars are scheduled on these
February 8: Olaf Jorgenson, co-author
of Doing Good Science in Middle School, looks at inquiry
in the classroom.
February 16: Bill Carlsen, co-author of Watershed
Dynamics, returns with more environmental science concepts
and activities for high school teachers.
February 22: Juliana Texley, Terry Kwan, and
John Summers, co-authors of Investigating Safely, will
discuss more safety requirements for the high school classroom
The following NSTA Symposia will take place at the National Conference
on Science Education in Anaheim, California, April 6–9,
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