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In this issue, the high school edition of Science Class focuses on Designing Inquiry Pathways. This theme is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources: news stories, Internet SciLinks, books, and NSTA journal articles.

To view the elementary and middle level versions of Science Class, please click on the links to your left.


Most science educators know the importance of inquiry-based teaching and learning; however, finding and designing various activities that encourage students to become problem solvers can take time and creativity. Many secondary science teachers design inquiry-based lessons based on time-honored activities already in their lesson plans. In this issue of Science Class, you will be able to explore many resources that offer new and innovative ideas for designing inquiry pathways.

Inquiry Pathways in the News

Suffice it to say that inquiry pathways are never straight roads. Discover through these news articles the many different directions these pathways can lead. The article from The Washington Times discusses the various student projects of the nation's top science research contests. The Times-Picayune article discusses how a giant replica of the periodic table is built.

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Inquiry Pathways on the Net

In this month's high school journal, The Science Teacher, NSTA members read "Learning With Inquiring Minds." The link to that article is:


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

Gas Laws: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263569910111044

NSTA Articles on Designing Inquiry Pathways

The following NSTA journal articles provide you with ideas for classroom lessons and activities related to designing inquiry pathways.

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Books, Books, Books

Click here to view a list of books from the NSTA Catalog that deal with designing inquiry pathways.


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Professional Development

12 Things Top School Leaders Know (and You Should, Too)

Although many school administrators are hopping from job to job or getting axed in today's challenging educational environment, there are some who aren't just surviving but thriving. Despite all the pressures, they ooze confidence and win kudos—even awards—from teachers and parents throughout their communities. Who are these beloved leaders and how have they kept their edge? Read on to find out what standout administrators say are the 12 keys to success.

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NSTA Opportunities

SciLinks: New Look, New Features

SciLinks helps science educators harness the resources of the Internet by connecting key textbook subjects to
NSTA-approved webpages that enrich student learning inside and outside the science classroom. By linking to a
brief notation found in the margin of a science textbook, NSTA Press book, or NSTA journal, teachers and students can access vetted webpages that provide real-time information and new content on a host of science topics.

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Next Month's Theme:

Multicultural Science

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