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Week of March 22, 2010

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Conference Wrap-up: A Great Week in Philly

NSTA’s National Conference on Science Education wrapped up in Philadelphia on Sunday, concluding a busy week of workshops, professional development sessions, exhibit hall visits, face-to-face networking, and much more. NSTA’s conference blogging continues, and the #nstaphi Twitter stream is full of enthusiastic comments.

Local coverage:

Governor Edward G. Rendell of Pennsylvania spoke at the Science Matters town hall mentioned above. You can watch his address on YouTube. (The roundtable discussion at this event will be posted on YouTube later in the week.)

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Spring Lineup for NSTA Web Seminars

Science teachers may want to consider building content knowledge through free web seminars held by NSTA. Here is our most recent schedule for spring.

All web seminars are from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

To register for any web seminar, visit the NSTA Learning Center.

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News You Can Use

Haven’t had time to read the paper? Below is a collection of education-related news stories you won’t want to miss. For more science, education, NSTA, and legislative news, go to the NSTA news page.

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Consider Writing for an NSTA Journal

Below is a sampling of the themes for the upcoming publishing year of the NSTA journals. We invite you to share your teaching ideas with your colleagues in the science community. Visit the calls for papers page to learn more.

Science & Children

  • Student Science Notebooks—November 2010 issue
    Submission Deadline: April 1, 2010
    One of the ways in which reading, writing, and verbal communication can become an integral part of science instruction is through student notebooks. Topics may include: Focus questions, recording data, displaying data, reflections, showing observations, and/or developing conclusions.
  • Posing Investigable Questions—December 2010
    Submission Deadline: May 1, 2010
    Questions must be investigable; they drive inquiry. An investigable question is one that can be answered by something students can do in the lab, classroom, or learning site.

Science Scope

  • Cycles—October 2010 issue
    Submission Deadline: May 1, 2010
    Share your lessons for teaching the complex interactions of living organisms with each other and with the nonliving environment around them. What activities do you use to teach specific cycles in astronomy, geology, biology, and physical science?
  • Models—November 2010 issue
    Submission Deadline: June 1, 2010
    Models have widespread use in all fields of science. How do you show your students the usefulness and limitations of models? What specific models, maps, structures, drawings, or computer simulations do you use in your teaching to enhance students’ understanding of particular content in biology, astronomy, geology, and physical science?

The Science Teacher

  • Science and Creativity
    Submission Deadline: April 15, 2010
    The scientific enterprise involves human imagination and creativity. The best scientists are likely also to be artists, musicians, actors, or writers. Have you found ways to encourage creativity in your science students?
  • New Web Tools and Technology
    Submission Deadline: May 1, 2010
    Over time, technology and the internet have evolved dramatically. How can science classes best incorporate these advances in communication and technology?

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