Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Editor's Corner

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Editor's Corner

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Write for the Science Teacher

With New Year's resolutions still fresh, why not add another: Write up an interesting activity or teaching idea for publication in The Science Teacher (TST). Here are some tips from the editors:

Write what you know

This classic, time-honored advice is particularly important for a practitioners' journal like TST. Readers tell us they want practical activities tested in actual classrooms. This is what sets NSTA journals apart from the unreviewed teaching ideas found online: TST articles describe strategies that have passed peer scrutiny.

Give it a twist

What makes your activity different? Did you put a new spin on a classic? Create a new inquiry-based investigation? Use a new technology or method? Incorporate the Next Generation Science Standards? Focus on what makes your idea distinctive.

Support it with pictures

Nothing adds authenticity better than images of artifacts of student work or photos of students actively engaged in learning. The best photos show students working in the classroom, lab, or field, not posing for the camera. Be sure students are wearing all necessary protective equipment.

Read the journal

Look at past issues, available in TST's archives at "Read two or three issues of the journal very closely," says Scott Stuckey, managing editor, "and note how the articles are structured--including length, the use of subheads, and how we handle figures, references, web addresses, and so on. …

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