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This issue of the high-school edition of Science Class features the theme Summer Reading. 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/2006-06/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/2006-04/member_high.htm). The May issue Technology and Teaching brings you up to date on the latest tools for your classroom (http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-05/member_high.htm). Enjoy your summer and your planning!

Summer Reading on the Web

In this month's high school journal, The Science Teacher, NSTA members can read "Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer Reading." The link to that article is http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=52102. For the complete The Science Teacher Summer 2006 Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=52188.

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 keyword for this issue is

Teaching Strategies: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=6320459910331055

NSTA Journal Articles on Summer Reading

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

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Books, Books, Books

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Professional Development

Diverse Panel of K-12 Leaders Backs Weighted-Student Method of Funding

"A diverse group of leaders in K–12 education policy are advocating a dramatic change in the way schools are financed, saying they should receive money based on the number and types of students they serve and that principals should determine teacher pay, professional development, and many other matters currently set by districts." (Education Week) To read more, visit http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2006/06/27/42finance_web.h25.html?levelId=1000

Global Science Teaching

According to BBC News, "the world's top scientists have joined forces to call for 'evidence-based' teaching of evolution in schools."

Click here to read more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/5098608.stm.

NSTA Opportunities

The Science Teacher is looking for Good Questions!

The Science Teacher, NSTA's journal for secondary science teachers, invites teachers to submit questions for the journal’s “Ask the Experts” department. Previous questions include, “Why does the Moon appear larger in winter?” or “Why doesn’t glue stick to the inside of its container?” Questions can come from teachers or students. In addition, the journal is always looking for experts from industry, research, and government, to volunteer their time to answer questions. To submit questions or to volunteer as an expert, e-mail department editor Marc Rosner at MARosner@aol.com.

NSTA SciGuides

Visit the NSTA SciGuides site at http://sciguides.nsta.org/internet/default.aspx for some concise advice on "How Can I Use the Internet in My Classroom?" Check out the valuable resources, grant information, and research on technology in the classroom.

NSTA SciGuides provide a multimedia demonstration that shows you how these grade-appropriate, Standards-aligned websites can help you bring effective internet resources into your classroom. To access the demonstration, visit http://sciguides.nsta.org/demo/index.html.

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