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This issue of the high school edition of Science Class features the theme Summer: A Time for Reflection and Renewal. 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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Summer break provides the perfect time for you to reflect on your past practices and plan for the year ahead. If you are catching up on your reading, take the time to visit some Science Class issues from the past few months that can help you plan for the new school year. The June Free for All issue is full of free resources and links (http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-06/member_high.htm). The May Science Teaching Today issue looks at the challenges that today's teachers are facing in the classroom and in their communities (http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-05/member_high.htm). The April Successful Community Collaborations issue provides many examples of how teachers are working with those around them to provide their students with new opportunities to learn science (http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-04/member_high.htm). Enjoy your summer and your planning!

Reflection and Renewal in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit http://www.nsta.org/mainnews for national news for science educators).

Read how professional development programs enable science educators to expand their knowledge and discover new classroom activities. Visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-07/news_stories_high.htm to read more.

Reflection and Renewal on the Net

In this month's high school journal, The Science Teacher, NSTA members can read "Reading Refreshment." The link to that article is http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=50645.

NSTA Journal Articles on Reflection and Renewal

Read how other science teachers renew their interest in teaching with the strategies presented at this link:


Books, Books, Books

NSTA Press books offer the latest information for science educators. Selections for this issue are the newest titles from NSTA Press and are grade-appropriate choices to help you with this month's theme: Reflection and Renewal. Click here for this issue's recommended titles:


To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level, visit


Professional Development

In his article, "Promoting Positivity, Choice, and Reflection," Marvin Marshall defines three practices that he thinks can make school a place where teachers and students want to be. To read what the developer of the Raise Responsibility System has to say about practicing positive self-talk and sharing the technique with staff and students, visit http://www.marvinmarshall.com/promoting_positivity.htm.

Global Science Teaching

In the May 26 issue of Education Week, Karen Diegmueller writes that "education journalists from some 40 countries gathered…in the suburbs of Paris…to share information and insights about the education systems in one another’s countries." Read more at http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2005/05/26/39fiep_web.h24.html

NSTA Opportunities

Call for Papers

The Science Teacher (grades 9–12) has issued a Call for Papers on specific topics. Click here to find out more:


NSTA's Online Offerings

Use some of your summer time to review the many science teaching resources that are available on the NSTA website.


The Early Years

Science and Children and NSTA have established a blog devoted to early childhood science (see http://science.nsta.org/earlyyearsblog). Here you’ll find teaching advice, management tips, favorite resources, and activity ideas specifically for teachers of grades preK–2. The blog accompanies Science and Children’s column The Early Years, which will debut in the magazine in September 2005. Highlights from the online conversations will appear in the print column. Teachers who post a comment that gets chosen for publication in S&C will receive one free book from a select group of NSTA Press publications.

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