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This issue of the high school edition of Science Class features the theme Safe 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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Safety in the science classroom has become an increasingly complex issue in recent years. While teachers have advocated more hands-on experiments to make science attractive to students, they have had to contend with state budget cuts, overcrowded classrooms, and the threat of parental lawsuits resulting from lab mishaps—all of which preclude hands-on activities in the classroom. According to the NSTA's position paper on Safety and School Science Instruction (http://www.nsta.org/pssafety), "Inherent in many instructional settings including science is the potential for injury and possible litigation. These issues can be avoided or reduced by the proper application of a safety plan."

In this issue of Science Class, you will find various resources—news and journal articles, books, and websites—to help you turn your science classroom into a safe learning environment. Read on to discover how these resources can help you teach science safely!

Safe Science in the News

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

Although safety lapses can occur in science labs, this month’s news stories provide a wealth of tips for preventing accidents.

Visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-09/news_stories_high.htm to learn more.

Safe Science on the Net

In this month's high school journal, The Science Teacher, NSTA members can read "Habits of Mind for the Science Laboratory." The link to that article is http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/science_teacher.php?news_story_ID=50892.

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 keywords for this issue are

Safety in the Classroom: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635699109910551011

NSTA Journal Articles on Safe Science

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Books, Books, Books

The NSTA Science Store and catalogs offer NSTA Press books and other outstanding titles for science educators. The selection for this issue is grade appropriate and was chosen for its relevance to this month's theme: Safe Science.

Investigating Safely: A Guide for High School Teachers

Just as science is more complex in high school than it is at lower grade levels, so are the safety issues you face in your classes and labs. Reduce the risks with Investigating Safely, the third and most advanced and detailed volume in NSTA’s unique series of safety guidebooks for science teachers.

Click here to read more or to buy:


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


Professional Development

The U.S. Department of Education recently launched "Teachers Ask the Secretary," a new feature of its website (http://www.ed.gov). According to U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, "This easy-to-use page will help teachers learn answers on a wide range of subjects: teacher quality, professional development, state academic standards, and more. We will share best practices and success stories under the No Child Left Behind Act. And we will listen to your concerns." To ask a question or to view what other teachers are asking, go directly to http://www.ed.gov/teachersask.

NSTA Web Seminars: Investigating Safely
Join NSTA for two, free, Web Seminars featuring the authors of the NSTA Press publication Investigating Safely. The presenters will showcase special safety requirements of specific disciplines-physics, chemistry, Earth and space sciences, and biology. Other topics that will be covered include equipping labs; storing and disposing of chemicals and other hazardous materials; maintaining documentation; and organizing field trips. Safety concepts will be discussed in the context of common situations in real classrooms.

For more information, visit http://institute.nsta.org/web_seminars.asp.

An additional opportunity to work face-to-face with the authors of Investigating Safely will take place at the Nashville Convention. For more information, visit http://institute.nsta.org/fall05/is/symposium.asp.

Global Science Teaching

Americans and Chinese Differ in Their World View—Literally

"Richard E. Nisbett of the University of Michigan and his colleagues conducted a series of experiments in which Chinese and American students were shown a number of images, each depicting a single subject against a realistic and complex background. The participants—who wore an eye-movement tracker during the tests—were then shown pictures containing the same subjects on either old or new backgrounds and asked to judge whether they had seen the subjects before." This article from the August 23 issue of Scientific American examines the results of these experiments and their bearing on differences in socialization and teaching.

To read the rest of the article, visit


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:


The Early Years

Science and Children (S&C) 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. To view the first column, visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/science_and_children.php?category_ID=86&news_story_ID=50933. 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.

Next Month's Theme

Inquiry in the Laboratory


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