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This issue of the elementary edition of Science Class features the theme Reaching the Hard to Reach. 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.

If you have a text-only browser or are having any difficulties accessing our links, please visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-01/member_elementary.htm.


Anyone who has spent any amount of time in a classroom realizes and understands that some students are harder to reach than others. The reasons for this are many; students may be difficult to reach because of cultural, socioeconomic, physiological, or linguistic reasons. Consequently, today's teachers have to use a range of different approaches to connect with these students. This issue presents some solutions and approaches that fellow teachers of science are successfully employing in their classrooms.

Reaching the Hard to Reach in the News

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

This month’s news stories provide examples of various groups of students that can be hard to reach.

Visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-01/news_stories_elementary.htm to learn more.

Reaching the Hard to Reach on the Web

In this month's elementary journal, Science and Children, NSTA members can read "Taking Inventory." The link to that article is http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=51331.

NSTA Journal Articles on Reaching the Hard to Reach

The archives of Science and Children provide several articles with strategies for Reaching the Hard to Reach.

Click here to read more:


Books, Books, Books

To read about Reaching the Hard to Reach in NSTA Press® books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-01/books_elementary.htm.

To read about the newest titles available from NSTA Press, visit


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


Professional Development

Whole-Class Learning

The December 28 issue of eSchool News featured an article that points out that "while the importance of whole-class learning is hardly new to education, it is more significant than ever… [Today,] an educator failing to reach one student can hurt a school's reputation as much as one who fails to reach the entire class." Visit http://www.eschoolnews.com/resources/reports/wholeclasslearning/index.cfm to read a collection of articles, web links, and other resources related to how technology can facilitate whole-class learning.

NSTA Web Seminars

Three exciting free Web Seminars are being offered in January, 2006:

Picture-Perfect Science: January 11

Preparing for the Journey to Space: January 19

Investigating Safely: January 25

These 90-minute live professional development experiences use online learning technologies to allow participants to interact with nationally acclaimed experts; NSTA Press authors; and scientists, engineers, and education specialists from NSTA government partners, such as NASA and NOAA—all from the convenience of your desktop!

Educators use online tools that allow them to markup and annotate presenters' slides, share desktop applications, or engage in chat, survey, and poll questions with others online. Seminars may be archived and are available for viewing after the live event has occurred. For a full schedule of seminar topics, dates and times for January and February, and to register, visit http://institute.nsta.org/web_seminars.asp. Registration is free, but the number of participants is limited, so register early.

Global Science Teaching

China Seeks Elite University Status

China wants to transform its top universities into the world’s best within a decade, and the country is spending billions of dollars to attract big-name scholars and build first-class research laboratories to accomplish this effort. China is focusing on science and technology, areas that not only reflect its development needs, but also mirror the preferences of an authoritarian system that restricts speech. Many Chinese academics note that the biggest drawback to this effort is the lack of academic freedom. To read the article by Howard French that first appeared in The New York Times, visit the Register-Guard at http://www.registerguard.com/news/2005/12/13/a1.chinauniversities.1213.p1.php?section=nation_world.

NSTA Opportunities

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.

Call for Papers

Science and Children (grades preK–5) has issued a Call for Papers on specific topics. Click here to find out more:


Looking for Evening Skies?

Regrettably, Science and Children will no longer include the Evening Skies Monthly Star Map and Sky Calendar. However, yearly subscriptions to the map and calendar are available from the Abrams Planetarium for $11 and can begin at any point in the year. To subscribe, visit http://www.pa.msu.edu/abrams/SkyCalendar/Index.html. Subscribers will be mailed hard copies of three star maps and calendars four times a year to cover the entire calendar year. Or check out http://skymaps.com/downloads.html for free star map downloads from StarMaps.com (permission is required for multiple copies for classroom or science club use). In addition, Skywatcher's Diary at http://www.pa.msu.edu/abrams/diary.html posts a monthly detailing of sky happenings. Happy stargazing!

Next Month's Theme

Mixing and Matter

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