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  • Francis's blog on all things science education

    Blog Post | October 2010

    NSTA Executive Director Francis Eberle Welcome to my blog about issues and concerns to science educators and science education. At least once each month I will introduce a new topic that I hope will generate some…

  • Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 2: 25 More Formative Assessment Probes

    NSTA Press Book | January 2007

    If Hollywood filmed this sequel, the studio would call it “Probes II: More Battles Against Misunderstandings.” Like the blockbuster before it, Volume 2 will reveal the surprising misconceptions students bring to the…

  • Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 3: Another 25 Formative Assessment Probes

    NSTA Press Book | April 2008

    Because you demanded it! Since publication of Volume 1 of this series, thousands of teachers are using these innovative classroom tools to improve student learning in science. Following in the footsteps of earlier…

  • Are we in the midst of a STEM movement?

    Blog Post | March 2012

    NSTA Executive Director Francis Eberle Each day there seems to be more focus and discussion about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. The volume of comments in the various social…

  • The science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) pipeline: how are we doing?

    Blog Post | November 2011

    NSTA Executive Director Francis Eberle The pressure has been intense on increasing STEM literacy for K–12 students. What this actually means is not entirely clear since for many STEM literacy is not well…

  • Instructional time

    Blog Post | October 2011

    NSTA Executive Director Francis Eberle Now that the school year is into full swing and students are settling into the routines of the school day, I was thinking about the concept of time. During a recent meeting…

  • The American Jobs Act and science labs

    Blog Post | September 2011

    NSTA Executive Director Francis Eberle Last week President Obama introduced his new American Jobs Act, which included provisions that will impact schools, teachers and, specifically, science labs. A press…

  • Welcome back for the 2011–2012 school year!

    Blog Post | September 2011

    NSTA Executive Director Francis Eberle I know this is a really busy time for teachers, but before we slide further into the fall, I wanted to focus on an exciting new competition we announced earlier this summer.…

  • No good news from the Nation's Report Card on Science

    Blog Post | January 2011

    The 2009 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) Science scores were released last week, and NSTA was fortunate to have a number of journalists calling and asking our thoughts about the results. We sent a…

  • Getting to the root of STEM

    Blog Post | January 2011

    NSTA Executive Director Francis Eberle For the last few years I have been conducting my own investigation into the increased interest and expansion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in…

  • A not-so-simple question

    Blog Post | November 2010

    NSTA Executive Director Francis Eberle With the NSTA delegation to the Sino–US Science and Education Forum back in the U.S., I am sure each member will be asked what I have been asked several times since…

  • Exploring Shanghai

    Blog Post | November 2010

    NSTA Executive Director Francis Eberle The final day in Shanghai was busy and we all had to be, as our guide put it, “sticky rice and not loose noodles.” After breakfast we left for the Jade Buddhist…

  • A visit to Zhouzhuang

    Blog Post | November 2010

    NSTA Executive Director Francis Eberle Today the focus was on history, culture, and some shopping. The delegation went to Zhouzhuang, described in the guide book as an ancient town known for its Venetian-like…

  • Conference sessions and school visits

    Blog Post | November 2010

    NSTA Executive Director Francis Eberle Before I discuss my impressions about the last day of the science educational meetings, I wanted to note an observation about Shanghai. The sense of being disoriented is not…

  • Dispatch from China

    Blog Post | November 2010

    NSTA Executive Director Francis Eberle The delegation seems to be feeling a bit more comfortable with the surroundings and food. The hotel is a couple of blocks from “the Bund” (the historic area along…

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