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This issue of the high-school edition of Science Class features the theme Science and the Brain. 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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As technology advances and scientists explore the potential of each new development, we are learning more about the brain than ever before. Teachers have a vested interest in understanding the new knowledge that comes from this exploration: Comprehending how the brain works is critical to helping our students' reach their potential. As you read this issue, notice the variety of brain research stories making the headlines, see how your colleagues have adapted their teaching styles to reach out to many different types of learners, and learn about some different teaching strategies that are having a positive impact in the classroom.

Science and the Brain in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest

(Visit http://www.nsta.org/mainnews for national news for science educators.)

Stories selected for this month’s theme discuss how various parts of the brain play a role in human behavior.

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Science and the Brain on the Web

In this month's high school-level journal, The Science Teacher, NSTA members can read "From Frustrating Forgetfulness to Fabulous Forethought" at http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=53143. For the complete The Science Teacher January 2007 Illustrated Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=53151.

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

The Human Brain: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635699101110771011

NSTA Journal Articles on Science and the Brain

Several articles from the NSTA journal archives provide examples of how studying the brain can inform how you teach.

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Books, Books, Books

To read about Science and the Brain in NSTA Recommends® books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2007-01/books_high.htm.

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


Professional Development

Engaging the Budding Scientist

With an increased emphasis on testing science achievement comes a corresponding need to make science interesting and exciting to students. The authors in the December 2006 issue of Educational Leadership spotlight science education, discussing the demand for more rigorous science teaching in classrooms, the professional development science teachers require, and the need to share best practices internationally.

Click here to read more: http://www.ascd.org/portal/site/ascd/index.jsp

NSTA Symposia

The following NSTA Symposia will take place at the National Conference on Science Education in St. Louis, Missouri, March 29 – April 1, 2007:

Impact of Polar Climate Change on Living Systems, presented by NSF, NASA, and NOAA
Polar Climates, How Are They Changing?, presented by NSF, NASA, and NOAA
The Fragile Ice, presented by NSF, NASA, and NOAA
Living and Working in Space: Habitat, presented by NASA
GPS and Geodesy for Dummies: Do You Know Where You Are?, presented by NOAA
Food Safety and Nutrition, presented by the FDA
Energy: Stop Faking It!, presented by NSTA Press author Bill Robertson

Visit http://institute.nsta.org/default.asp for registration information.

Global Science Teaching

Happy Birthday, Darwin! Are you and your students aware that Charles Darwin, the famous naturalist who provided the first coherent theory of evolution by means of natural selection, was an indifferent student and slow learner who preferred to spend hours watching birds, examining plants, and collecting seashells and insects? Join educators worldwide in celebrating Darwin Day on February 12—the anniversary of Darwin’s birthday—and let his story inspire your students to study science. For a detailed description of Darwin’s life and work, access http://www.aboutdarwin.com. This website has an extensive database of links to education websites related to Darwin and his work. See also http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/darwin, which offers an educators guide and links to evolution websites.

Next Month's Theme:

Math and Science

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