The Science Teacher

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

Articles from Vol. 82, No. 7, October

A Cool Controversy: Exploring the Nature of Science Using a Historical Debate about Glaciers
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As society becomes more technological, the need for scientific literacy grows (Schweingruber, Duschl, and Shouse 2007). Part of scientific literacy is understanding the nature of science (Duschl 2008), which can be revealed,...
A Cool Controversy: Exploring the Nature of Science Using a Historical Debate about Glaciers
As society becomes more technological, the need for scientific literacy grows (Schweingruber, Duschl, and Shouse 2007). Part of scientific literacy is understanding the nature of science (Duschl 2008), which can be revealed, in part, by learning the...
Are We Alone in the Universe? Using Primary Sources to Address a Fundamental Question
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Primary sources, as defined by the Library of Congress, are the "raw materials of history--original documents and objects which were created at the time under study" (Library of Congress, 2014, p. 1). Primary sources differ...
Are We Alone in the Universe? Using Primary Sources to Address a Fundamental Question
Primary sources, as defined by the Library of Congress, are the "raw materials of history--original documents and objects which were created at the time under study" (Library of Congress, 2014, p. 1). Primary sources differ from secondary sources,...
Build Your Professional Network
Last month, we offered an overview of social media tools. This month we dive deeper, looking at how to build a professional development and resource network using social media. Mine your area of interest Use Google to zero in on areas of interest...
Career of the Month: October 2015, Based on Interviews with Professionals Using Science in the Workplace
Work overview. I inform students, professors, and visitors of the latest resources. Princeton still maintains a print reference collection, because paper copies can be more efficient for browsing, but most research is now done online by looking...
Chemical Solitaire: Arranging Cards to Build an Organizational Model of the Elements
The periodic table does more than provide information about the elements. The periodic table also helps us make predictions about how the elements behave. Understanding the atomic structure of matter and periodic properties of the elements, as shown...
Chemical Solitaire: Arranging Cards to Build an Organizational Model of the Elements
The periodic table does more than provide information about the elements. The periodic table also helps us make predictions about how the elements behave. Understanding the atomic structure of matter and periodic properties of the elements, as shown...
DCIs, SEPs, and CCs, Oh My! Understanding the Three Dimensions of the NGSS
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Next Generation Science Standards' three dimensions--disciplinary core ideas (DCIs), science and engineering practices (SEPs), and crosscutting concepts (CCs)--were headliners at NSTA's national conference in Chicago and...
DCIs, SEPs, and CCs, Oh My! Understanding the Three Dimensions of the NGSS
The Next Generation Science Standards' three dimensions--disciplinary core ideas (DCIs), science and engineering practices (SEPs), and crosscutting concepts (CCs)--were headliners at NSTA's national conference in Chicago and featured in many of the...
Editor's Corner: October 2015, Notes from the Field Editor
The Nature of Science Now that the school year is in full swing, students everywhere are learning the big ideas of science. They are investigating cell theory and evolution, studying Newton's laws and atomic theory, learning about plate tectonics...
Engineering a Better Hairdo
Styling curly hair with heat poses a nagging problem: applying too much heat causes permanent damage, resulting in limp hair fibers devoid of natural curve. Researchers are now working to learn precisely how much heat to apply and how frequently...
Exploring the History of Science with Movies
Engaging students in the lives and work of scientists is an excellent way to teach them about the history and nature of science (NOS). Learning about scientists of different eras, genders, and races shows that science is open to everyone, can make...
Football Brain Injuries Persist during the Off-Season
New research into the effects of repeated head impacts on high school football players has shown changes in brain chemistry and metabolism even in players who have not been diagnosed with concussions and suggest the brain may not fully heal during...
Galileo's Starry Messenger
In March 1610, working with the Venetian printer Thomas Baglionum, Galileo Galilei published a small book in Latin entitled Sidereus Nuncius (Starry Messenger). The book, consisting of printed descriptions and explanations with more than 70 engraved...
Headline Science: October 2015, Current News in Science Research
Football Brain Injuries Persist During the Off-Season New research into the effects of repeated head impacts on high school football players has shown changes in brain chemistry and metabolism even in players who have not been diagnosed with concussions...
Health Wise: October 2015, Helping Students Make Healthy Choices
Meeting Students' Special Needs You may be surprised to hear that students with disabilities are disciplined at a rate more than twice that of their nondisabled classmates, as a recent Education Week analysis shows. A total of "13% of all [K--12]...
Idea Bank: October 2015, Tips and Techniques for Creative Teaching
Exploring the History of Science With Movies Engaging students in the lives and work of scientists is an excellent way to teach them about the history and nature of science (NOS). Learning about scientists of different eras, genders, and races shows...
Meeting Students' Special Needs
You may be surprised to hear that students with disabilities are disciplined at a rate more than twice that of their nondisabled classmates, as a recent Education Week analysis shows. A total of "13% of all [K-12] students with disabilities received...
Right to the Source: Exploring Science and History with the Library of Congress
Galileo's Starry Messenger In March 1610, working with the Venetian printer Thomas Baglionum, Galileo Galilei published a small book in Latin entitled Sidereus Nuncius (Starry Messenger). The book, consisting of printed descriptions and explanations...
Safer Science: October 2015, Better Safety Practices for the Science Classroom, Laboratory, and Field Work
Safety in the Field Field experiences can connect students' classroom learning to the practical, real-world work of scientists. As with all science activities, teachers must address safety concerns before students venture into the field. The National...
Safety in the Field
Field experiences can connect students' classroom learning to the practical, real-world work of scientists. As with all science activities, teachers must address safety concerns before students venture into the field. The National Science Teachers...
Science 2.0: October 2015, Using Web Tools to Support Learning
Build Your Professional Network Last month, we offered an overview of social media tools. This month we dive deeper, looking at how to build a professional development and resource network using social media. Mine your area of interest Use...
Science and Technology Librarian
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Librarians are in charge of building and managing print and online collections and helping people find information among those resources. Specialized science and technology librarians may be employed at libraries maintained...
Teaching the Manhattan Project: Bringing Literacy in Civic Science to the Chemistry Class
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This article describes a nuclear chemistry unit on the Manhattan Project, a research effort that led to the development of the world's first nuclear weapons during World War II. The unit is appropriate for an introductory...
Teaching the Manhattan Project: Bringing Literacy in Civic Science to the Chemistry Class
This article describes a nuclear chemistry unit on the Manhattan Project, a research effort that led to the development of the world's first nuclear weapons during World War II. The unit is appropriate for an introductory high school chemistry or physics...
The Brain
The Brain By Carla Mooney. $17.95. 119 pp. Nomad Press. White River Junction, VT. 2015. ISBN: 9781619302785. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The brain, sometimes in the news when athletes suffer a concussion on the playing field, is the star...
The Global Water Crisis
Access to clean water is a major global issue of the 21st century. Although other topics may receive more media attention, experts increasingly argue that we should take note of dwindling water resources (see "On the web" for data from the World Economic...
The Green Room: October 2015, Making Your Teaching More Environmentally Friendly
The Global Water Crisis Access to clean water is a major global issue of the 21st century. Although other topics may receive more media attention, experts increasingly argue that we should take note of dwindling water resources (see "On the web"...
The Nature of Science
Now that the school year is in full swing, students everywhere are learning the big ideas of science. They are investigating cell theory and evolution, studying Newton's laws and atomic theory, learning about plate tectonics and Earth's place in the...
The Science Teacher
The mission of the National Science Teachers Association is to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. Advisory Board Shannon K. Withers (Chairperson), Karen Wagner High School, San Antonio, TX; Brian Bollone,...
Tracking the First Americans
The original Americans came from Siberia in a single wave no more than 23,000 years ago at the height of the last Ice Age and apparently hung out in the north--perhaps for thousands of years--before spreading in two distinct populations throughout...
Wikipedia Wobbly on Controversial Science Topics
Wikipedia reigns. It's the world's most popular online encyclopedia, the sixth most-visited website in America, and a research source that most U.S. students rely on. But, according to a paper published in the journal PLOS ONE, Wikipedia entries on...
William Smith's Mapping Milestone: An Interactive Historical Vignette Celebrating the Bicentennial of the First National Geologic Map
Two hundred years ago, in 1815, English geologist William Smith (1769-1839) produced the first geologic map of a country. Covering more than 175,000 [km.sup.2], it included England, Wales, and part of Scotland (Sharpe 2015). The map is impressive for...
William Smith's Mapping Milestone: An Interactive Historical Vignette Celebrating the Bicentennial of the First National Geologic Map
Two hundred years ago, in 1815, English geologist William Smith (1769-1839) produced the first geologic map of a country. Covering more than 175,000 km (2), it included England, Wales, and part of Scotland (Sharpe 2015). The map is impressive for its...
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