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This issue of the high-school edition of Science Class features the theme Math and Science. Please tell us what you think of the issue by using the Feedback link on the left of Science Class or by sending an e-mail to us at enewsletterfeedback@nsta.org.

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MATH AND SCIENCE

In this month's issue of The Science Teacher, field editor Steve Metz writes "Of all the disciplines, mathematics would seem to be the easiest to connect with science. After all, mathematics is 'the language of science.' We already use math to analyze data and solve problems in science classes; efforts to intentionally coordinate math and science can bring real benefits." (To read the editorial, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=53237.) Truly integrated curricula are rare at the high school level, but this issue of Science Class presents many ideas for how the two can be combined in winning ways for your students.

Math and Science in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest

(Visit http://www.nsta.org/mainnews for national news for science educators.)

Stories selected for this issue discuss how math can play a role in learning science.

To read more, visit

http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2007-02/news_stories_high.htm

Math and Science on the Web

In this month's high school-level journal, The Science Teacher, NSTA members can read "Giving Meaning to the Numbers" at http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=53246. For the complete The Science Teacher February 2007 Illustrated Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=53249.

SciLinks® is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online content chosen to augment printed articles and books. It does so through keywords; the keyword for this issue is

Math and Science: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635699102210771011

NSTA Journal Articles on Math and Science

Several articles from the NSTA journal archives highlight the benefits of teaching these two subjects together.

Click here to read more:

http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2007-02/high_school.htm

Books, Books, Books

To read about Math and Science in NSTA Recommends® books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2007-02/books_high.htm.

Click here for the newest titles from NSTA Press:

http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2007-02/newbookshigh.htm

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Professional Development

Teaching Science in the 21st Century: Part 6 in a Series from NSTA Reports

The sixth installment in NSTA Reports’ series is titled “Virtual Professional Development: The Good, the Bad, and the Future.” Written by Karen J. Charles and Jane E. Griffin, the piece begins, “Improving science programs for students means improving professional development for their teachers. As curriculum materials and instructional programs evolve, educators need to know how to use new textbooks and materials based on inquiry and on cognitive research. They also need to know how to establish collaborative learning environments in which teachers can learn and grow while studying these new materials (Nelson 2006). What does this mean for professional development? What are the new tools and strategies that can meet the demands of a new workforce, one raised on 24/7 access to technology, to information, and to peers? Most of us are familiar with the term ‘online professional development,’ but we would say that our experiences with it have been less than satisfactory.”

This series offers opinion pieces written by many of the leaders in science education today. To read the sixth installment in the series, visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=53347. To find out more about the book by the same name that inspired the series, visit http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB195X.

NSTA Symposia

The following NSTA Symposia will take place at the National Conference on Science Education in St. Louis, Missouri, March 29 – April 1, 2007:

Impact of Polar Climate Change on Living Systems, presented by NSF, NASA, and NOAA
Polar Climates, How Are They Changing?, presented by NSF, NASA, and NOAA
The Fragile Ice, presented by NSF, NASA, and NOAA
Living and Working in Space: Habitat, presented by NASA
GPS and Geodesy for Dummies: Do You Know Where You Are?, presented by NOAA
Food Safety and Nutrition, presented by the FDA
Energy: Stop Faking It!, presented by NSTA Press author Bill Robertson

Visit http://institute.nsta.org/default.asp for registration information.

Global Science Teaching

Reading Expert: Don't Forget Fluency

In an interview with eSchool News, noted reading expert Jon Bower, CEO of Soliloquy Learning, says 100% reading proficiency for all students is the key to global competitiveness—and "the only way to do that is through technology." To read more, visit http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=6813.

Next Month's Theme:

Science for All


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