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Instruction and Discovery Learning: More Similarities Than Differences
Says District Administration Magazine
say direct instruction works best, while others argue for the discovery-learning
method. Surprisingly, the two camps are very close to being on the
same team” writes reporter Elizabeth Crane, in the article
“The Science Storm” featured in the March 2005 issue
of District Administration magazine. “Good science
teachers at every level are challenged daily to do the same. Some
rely more heavily on lecture and instruction; some feel strongly
that exploration and hands on discovery are the way to go. New research
from Carnegie Mellon University questions whether one particular
method of teaching science is better than another, and the ensuing
debate has provoked a tempest in a Petri dish.” Read more
in this article that clearly lays out the issue at http://www.districtadministration.com/page.cfm?p=1021.
to Dallas for NSTA’s Best-Ever Convention, March 31-April
3…Special One-Day, Last-Day, Retiree, and Student Rates Available,
To register online, you better do it soon. Won’t know ‘til
the last minute? Onsite registration is your solution. Only able
to get away on the weekend? Just a reminder to science educators
in the Dallas and driving distance area (This means you—Waco,
Wichita Falls, Austin, Little Rock, Memphis, Baton Rouge, Tulsa,
Oklahoma City, Jackson…) that NSTA offers special rates of
$157 for a one-day registration for March 31, April 1, or April
2, and $50 for a one-day student registration. For the final day
sessions on Sunday, the registration fees are $120 for attendees
and $50 for students. Some preceding categories are at lower rates
for NSTA members; for retired NSTA members, the rate for the entire
event is only $119. And if you haven’t already, contact the
housing bureau at http://www.nsta.org/conventionsupport&record_id=98&Meeting_Code=2005DAL
for last-minute hotel availabilities.
To browse the
full convention agenda and register in advance, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventions.
If you’re in the neighborhood, you won’t want to miss
“Deep in the Heart of Science.”
You Using the Internet to Help You Teach Science?
A typical Internet search
on most any instructional topic will yield thousands of web sites.
The challenge for teachers is to find just the right resources to
teach effectively—without taking a sabbatical to do it. Do
you have challenges locating, evaluating, and using online resources?
Take our quick survey and tell us about your experiences. Go to
for a Science Educator or Specialist? Don’t Miss This Special
a job on NSTA’s website has been an invaluable recruitment
resource. The resumes we receive are from dedicated and experienced
candidates. The free, rotating featured listing function on NSTA’s
job board really helps drive traffic to your posting.”
Jonathan K. Ball, Director
of Recruitment and School Services, Carney, Sandoe & Associates
tell it best. The NSTA Career Center is a quick and easy way to
reach the science education community. Our unique online service
attracts more than 25,000 page views per month
and offers a database of more than 300 resumes
of science educators actively seeking new career opportunities.
a limited time, advertise your science-related job opening
now and for only $65 each for 30 days (a 50% savings)!
Enter DAL05 in the Promotional Code box when posting each new listing
at http://careers.nsta.org. Subscriptions to browse the resume database
are also available for only $20 per month. Visit http://careers.nsta.org/rates.asp
for complete details. Hurry! This offer ends March 31, 2005.
Speaking of NSTA Conventions—Interested in Presenting in 2006
Proposals for sessions
and presentations at NSTA’s 2006 National Convention in Anaheim,
April 6-9, 2006, must be submitted—online only—at
by Friday, April 15. Professional development strands, which unify
and guide sessions, workshops, and short courses, are Using
Technology to Enhance Student Learning; Formative Assessment:
How Will You Know What Your Students Know?; Science and
Literacy: An Essential Partnership; Changing School Culture:
Building Professional Learning; and The Many Faces of Inquiry.
And as always, membership in NSTA is not a requisite to presenting
at an NSTA event.
And Don't Forgetů
a moment and use this form to submit suggestions for NSTA Express
to the NSTA Express team:
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NSTA Career Center: http://careers.nsta.org
For the latest collected education and science news from across
the country, see the NSTA Web News Digest at http://www.nsta.org/mainnews