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Plotting Pluto's Comeback
Although the International Astronomical Union is not scheduled to meet again until 2009, plans are being made for an ad hoc conference of astronomers next year to come up with another new definition of "planet,” one that will almost certainly restore Pluto's status. To read the Newsweek article, visit http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15460884/site/newsweek.
Before the start of
the NSTA Eastern Area Conference, dozens of attendees participated in
a day–long event on November 1 titled Science and English Language
Learners (ELL): Research, Practical Approaches and Policy Directions for
Classroom Teachers, School and District Level Administrators, and University
“Teaching ELLs should be on the radar screens of all educators,” Rosebery told attendees as she began the conference. To read the complete NSTA WebNews Digest story, visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=52878.
MSU Bozeman offers a new distance class for spring 2007 semester: "Exploring Chemistry for Middle and High School Teachers" (3 graduate credits). This online course provides an in-depth discussion of critical concepts in chemistry. Emphasis will be on conceptual design of experiments as well as applications of chemistry to everyday life and to other branches of science. Additional emphasis will be placed on the role of experimental sciences in teaching reading, writing, and logical thinking across multiple student backgrounds.
The course is intended as a prerequisite for future courses in chemistry for middle and high school teachers. For more information about this class contact Dr. Carol Thoresen, email@example.com or http://www.montana.edu/msse for information about the Master of Science in Science Education (MSSE) degree program. You do not need to be admitted into the graduate degree program to enroll into classes designed specifically for science teachers.
Our third and final area conference for 2006 is drawing ever closer. Our Western Conference will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah December 7-9. We’ll be exploring the nature of science, how to use science to teach language literacy and mathematics, and how to put science education research into action. If you haven’t registered, it’s not too late! Visit http://www.nsta.org/saltlakecity for even more details and to register!
The Washington Post held a week-long online event in which various experts and staff writers answered questions regarding the future and their likely predictions for it. To read the Q&A transcripts, visit http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/linkset/2006/06/13/LI2006061300649.html
Introduce your students to the magic of stories—delivered through educational case studies that will help you put science into vivid context. Start With a Story offers an abundance of strategies, tips, examples, ideas, and resources to free your students (and you) from dry lecture formats. Visit http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB206X to learn more.
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