The Science Teacher

The monthly magazine of the National Science Teachers Association. Articles cover innovations in science and science teaching methods.

Articles from Vol. 80, No. 9, December

A Student-Run Science Competition: Science Challenge Day
Science fairs can be good motivators, but as extracurricular activities, they leave some students behind. However, by staging a Science Challenge Day at school, educators can involve all students in doing everything from choosing activities to judging...
Career of the Month
Work overview. Most of my work involves collecting data on how plants and ecosystems respond to changes in temperature, carbon dioxide, and precipitation levels. Working with a team of up to a hundred scientists and engineers, I design experiments...
Classification: Putting Everything in Its Place
Classification lies at the very heart of science. Even a multitude of data cannot advance the discipline until appropriately organized and analyzed. Geologists developed the geologic time scale to divide Earth's 4.6-billion-year history; chemists use...
Classification: Putting Everything in Its Place
Classification lies at the very heart of science. Even a multitude of data cannot advance the discipline until appropriately organized and analyzed. Geologists developed the geologic time scale to divide Earth's 4.6-billion-year history; chemists use...
Crosscutting Patterns
A Framework for K-12 Science Education (NRC 2012) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS Lead States 2013) recommend that science education be built around science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas....
Editor's Corner
Crosscutting Patterns [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A Framework for K-12 Science Education (NRC 2012) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS Lead States 2013) recommend that science education be built around science and engineering practices,...
Headline Science
Bringing the Sense of Touch to a Robotic Arm New research at the University of Chicago is laying the groundwork for touch-sensitive prosthetic limbs that could convey real-time sensory information to amputees via a direct interface with the brain....
Headline Science
Bringing the Sense of Touch to a Robotic Arm New research at the University of Chicago is laying the groundwork for touch-sensitive prosthetic limbs that could convey real-time sensory information to amputees via a direct interface with the brain....
Health Wise
Can the Cramming With semester exams coming, this is a good time to remind students that pulling all-nighters before tests can backfire. A recent study shows that if a student sacrifices sleep to study more than usual, he or she will be more...
Health Wise
Can the Cramming With semester exams coming, this is a good time to remind students that pulling all-nighters before tests can backfire. A recent study shows that if a student sacrifices sleep to study more than usual, he or she will be more...
JoVE
By JoVE. MyJoVE Corp. Cambridge, MA. www.jove.com/science-education-collection (free section for high schools of a subscription website) This is a unique online product useful to advanced students--a web journal that lives up to its "wow" factor....
JoVE
JoVE By JoVE. MyJoVE Corp. Cambridge, MA. www.jove.com/science-education-collection (free section for high schools of a subscription website) This is a unique online product useful to advanced students--a web journal that lives up to its "wow" factor....
Safer Science
Anger Management Recently, as a freshman physical science class studied waves using ripple tanks, one student being off task was reminded several times to make the assigned observations on wave phenomena. The student got angry, lifted a stool over...
Safer Science
Anger Management Recently, as a freshman physical science class studied waves using ripple tanks, one student being off task was reminded several times to make the assigned observations on wave phenomena. The student got angry, lifted a stool over...
Science Challenge Day
Science fairs can be good motivators, but as extracurricular activities, they leave some students behind. However, by staging a Science Challenge Day at school, educators can involve all students in doing everything from choosing activities to judging...
Science Immersion: Summer Programs That Expose Students to Authentic Scientific Research
Have you ever contributed to cutting-edge scientific research? For many, the opportunity to do so first occurs in college or graduate school. High school students may get a taste of real science during science fairs but rarely have opportunities to...
Science Immersion: Summer Programs That Expose Students to Authentic Scientific Research
Have you ever contributed to cutting-edge scientific research? For many, the opportunity to do so first occurs in college or graduate school. High school students may get a taste of real science during science fairs but rarely have opportunities to...
Space Encyclopedia
By David A. Aguilar. $24.95. 191 pp. National Geographic Society. Washington, D.C. 2013. ISBN: 9781426309489. This volume succeeds on so many levels, I don't know where to begin. In a most effective organizational scheme, author and illustrator...
The Basics of Genetics
By Anne Wanjie. $34.60. 96 pp. Rosen Publishing Group. New York. 2014. ISBN: 9781477705520. Beginning with a short chapter introducing the concept of heredity, this well-written book continues with a broader explanation of the principles of inheritance...
The Green Room
Back to Ecological Basics, Part 1 Matter cycles and energy flows are fundamental characteristics of ecosystems that all science students should know. The cycling of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous, and water between an ecosystem's biotic and abiotic...
The Green Room
Back to Ecological Basics, Part 1 Matter cycles and energy flows are fundamental characteristics of ecosystems that all science students should know. The cycling of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous, and water between an ecosystem's biotic and abiotic...
The New Science Teacher's Handbook
By Sarah Reeves Young and Mike Roberts. $31.95. 163 pp. NSTA Press. Arlington, VA. 2013. ISBN: 9781936959495. No matter how many years you teach, you never forget that first year. Each educator's experience is unique, but all teachers share some...
The New Teacher's Toolbox
Advocating for Science A local politician recently commented that when the Common Core State Standards (NGAC and CCSSO 2010) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS Lead States 2013) are implemented, the sciences will finally secure a place...
The New Teacher's Toolbox
Advocating for Science A local politician recently commented that when the Common Core State Standards (NGAC and CCSSO 2010) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS Lead States 2013) are implemented, the sciences will finally secure a place...
Try This Tops Idea!
... adapted from SCALE THE UNIVERSE #44 by TOPS Learning Systems relative size Spark a lively discussion about the relative sizes of things! 1. Make a magnified copy of these tabs. 2. Cut them apart, mix them up, and distribute one per...
What Makes Us Tick ... Tock? Using Fruit Flies to Study Circadian Rhythms
Teachers often ask: How can I engage my students in the study of "real" science? The answer can be found in the National Research Council's A Framework for K--12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas (NRC 2012). This framework...
What Makes Us Tick.Tock? Using Fruit Flies to Study Circadian Rhythms
Teachers often ask: How can I engage my students in the study of "real" science? The answer can be found in the National Research Council's A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas (NRC 2012). This framework...
Where's That Dolphin? Using Bottlenose Dolphin Sightings to Study Spatial Patterns
Scientific research is interdisciplinary and often incorporates math, technology, and geography. Mapmaking and the use of global positioning system (GPS) technology, for example, are vital parts of many research endeavors that allow us to visualize...
Where's That Dolphin? Using Bottlenose Dolphin Sightings to Study Spatial Patterns
Scientific research is interdisciplinary and often incorporates math, technology, and geography. Mapmaking and the use of global positioning system (GPS) technology, for example, are vital parts of many research endeavors that allow us to visualize...
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