Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Call for Papers: The Science Teacher (TST) Is Seeking Manuscripts That Describe New and Creative Ideas for the Secondary Science Classroom. Manuscripts Should Provide Worthwhile Ideas and Practical Help for Teachers as They Relate to the Themes Listed below. TST Also Always Encourages Manuscripts outside of the Listed Themes

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Call for Papers: The Science Teacher (TST) Is Seeking Manuscripts That Describe New and Creative Ideas for the Secondary Science Classroom. Manuscripts Should Provide Worthwhile Ideas and Practical Help for Teachers as They Relate to the Themes Listed below. TST Also Always Encourages Manuscripts outside of the Listed Themes

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Threats to the Environment

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JULY 15, 2013

Serious environmental concerns threaten our world at both local and global levels. Our students need to understand problems such as climate change, rising sea levels, pollution, population growth, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and many other issues. Have you found activities to improve student learning of these crucial environmental topics? If so, please consider sharing them with TST readers.

Patterns

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JULY 15, 2013

Patterns are discernible throughout the natural world, in the symmetry of snowflakes and sunflowers, the changes of the seasons, the motion of pendulums, and the molecular geometry of water molecules in an ice crystal. The recognition and explanation of patterns is one of the central tasks of science and engineering and one of the seven crosscutting concepts identified in A Framework for K-12 Science Education. This issue of TST will feature ways to teach this central concept. Please share your activities and teaching strategies with TST readers.

Crosscutting Concepts in Science

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: ONGOING

A Framework for K-12 Science Education identifies crosscutting concepts of science--those big ideas that "bridge disciplinary boundaries" and have "explanatory value throughout much of science and engineering." The seven crosscutting concepts are:

1. Patterns

2. Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation

3. Scale, proportion, and quantity

4. Systems and system models

5. Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation

6. Structure and function

7. Stability and change

Have you found a way to effectively teach these crosscutting concepts in your science classes? …

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