Academic journal article The Science Teacher

A Look Back

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

A Look Back

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The end of the year is always a time for reflection and looking back. Even though December may feel more like midyear for teachers, the end of the calendar year inevitably brings top 10 lists, reviews of the best the year had to offer, and vows for improvement. But before we make those New Year's resolutions, why not have a look back at The Science Teacher's (TST) 2007-08 year, and perhaps discover--or rediscover--an idea, activity, or teaching strategy that might be useful in your classes in 2009. To guide your reflection, we here provide an overview of each of the nine issues of TST in 2008. All articles from 1996 to the present are freely available to NSTA members at


Our Changing Earth January 2008

Nearly everything we do is connected in some way to the Earth, and Earth science concepts form the very foundation of all the other science disciplines. In addition, Earth science incorporates compelling events and subtle changes that are inherently interesting to students. Read this issue of TST to learn about interdisciplinary, high-level inquiry investigations that help students better understand our complex planet.

Natural History, Nature Science, and Science Teaching February 2008

Our society is surrounded by technology. At the very least, the lack of direct contact with nature has serious implications for conservation efforts. We need to consider the importance of studying nature in our nation's schools. Articles in this issue of TST describe creative ways to engage students with the natural world.


Science for All March 2008

Ideas for reaching out to underrepresented groups are more important now than ever, as our classrooms become increasingly diverse. This issue of TST is the 14th consecutive annual issue devoted to the theme "Science for All." The theme serves as an umbrella for ideas and strategies to mitigate academic achievement gaps associated with ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, physical disabilities, limited English language ability, and learning differences.


Community Collaborations April/May 2008

With this issue, TST continues our tradition of highlighting successful community partnerships that take students and teachers beyond classroom walls. Articles explore rich learning opportunities found through field investigations of cougars, an interactive museum lab, water-quality research, and an international robotics competition. …

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