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Direct Instruction and Discovery Learning: More Similarities Than Differences Says District Administration Magazine

“Some say direct instruction works best, while others argue for the discovery-learning method. Surprisingly, the two camps are very close to being on the same team” writes reporter Elizabeth Crane, in the article “The Science Storm” featured in the March 2005 issue of District Administration magazine. “Good science teachers at every level are challenged daily to do the same. Some rely more heavily on lecture and instruction; some feel strongly that exploration and hands on discovery are the way to go. New research from Carnegie Mellon University questions whether one particular method of teaching science is better than another, and the ensuing debate has provoked a tempest in a Petri dish.” Read more in this article that clearly lays out the issue at http://www.districtadministration.com/page.cfm?p=1021.

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Come to Dallas for NSTA’s Best-Ever Convention, March 31-April 3…Special One-Day, Last-Day, Retiree, and Student Rates Available, Too!

Still undecided? To register online, you better do it soon. Won’t know ‘til the last minute? Onsite registration is your solution. Only able to get away on the weekend? Just a reminder to science educators in the Dallas and driving distance area (This means you—Waco, Wichita Falls, Austin, Little Rock, Memphis, Baton Rouge, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Jackson…) that NSTA offers special rates of $157 for a one-day registration for March 31, April 1, or April 2, and $50 for a one-day student registration. For the final day sessions on Sunday, the registration fees are $120 for attendees and $50 for students. Some preceding categories are at lower rates for NSTA members; for retired NSTA members, the rate for the entire event is only $119. And if you haven’t already, contact the housing bureau at http://www.nsta.org/conventionsupport&record_id=98&Meeting_Code=2005DAL for last-minute hotel availabilities.

To browse the full convention agenda and register in advance, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventions. If you’re in the neighborhood, you won’t want to miss “Deep in the Heart of Science.”

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Are You Using the Internet to Help You Teach Science?

A typical Internet search on most any instructional topic will yield thousands of web sites. The challenge for teachers is to find just the right resources to teach effectively—without taking a sabbatical to do it. Do you have challenges locating, evaluating, and using online resources? Take our quick survey and tell us about your experiences. Go to http://science.nsta.org/survey_internet_resources.

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Looking for a Science Educator or Specialist? Don’t Miss This Special Convention Offer!

“Posting a job on NSTA’s website has been an invaluable recruitment resource. The resumes we receive are from dedicated and experienced candidates. The free, rotating featured listing function on NSTA’s job board really helps drive traffic to your posting.”

Jonathan K. Ball, Director of Recruitment and School Services, Carney, Sandoe & Associates

Our customers tell it best. The NSTA Career Center is a quick and easy way to reach the science education community. Our unique online service attracts more than 25,000 page views per month and offers a database of more than 300 resumes of science educators actively seeking new career opportunities.

For a limited time, advertise your science-related job opening now and for only $65 each for 30 days (a 50% savings)! Enter DAL05 in the Promotional Code box when posting each new listing at http://careers.nsta.org. Subscriptions to browse the resume database are also available for only $20 per month. Visit http://careers.nsta.org/rates.asp for complete details. Hurry! This offer ends March 31, 2005.

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And Speaking of NSTA Conventions—Interested in Presenting in 2006 in Anaheim?

Proposals for sessions and presentations at NSTA’s 2006 National Convention in Anaheim, April 6-9, 2006, must be submitted—online only—at http://www.nsta.org/sessions, by Friday, April 15. Professional development strands, which unify and guide sessions, workshops, and short courses, are Using Technology to Enhance Student Learning; Formative Assessment: How Will You Know What Your Students Know?; Science and Literacy: An Essential Partnership; Changing School Culture: Building Professional Learning; and The Many Faces of Inquiry. And as always, membership in NSTA is not a requisite to presenting at an NSTA event.

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