The Science Teacher

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

Articles from Vol. 83, No. 1, January

Addressing Three Common Myths about the Next Generation Science Standards
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Although the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS Lead States 2013) were released over two years ago, misconceptions about what they are--and are not--persist. The NGSS provide for consistent science education opportunities...
Addressing Three Common Myths about the Next Generation Science Standards
Although the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS Lead States 2013) were released over two years ago, misconceptions about what they are--and are not--persist. The NGSS provide for consistent science education opportunities for all students--regardless...
A Mountain Food Chain
A Mountain Food Chain By A.D. Tarbox. $29.95. 80 pp. The Creative Company Mankato, MN. 2015. ISBN: 9781608185405. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The author invites readers to explore a food chain in a mountain biome. Concise narratives, striking photographs,...
Assessment as Learning: Students Learn, Self-Correct, and Collaborate during the Test
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] What, another one?" groaned my students as I announced an upcoming standardized test. They had already taken the state high school exit exam, SAT subject tests, and regular class quizzes, while also preparing for AP exams....
Assessment as Learning: Students Learn, Self-Correct, and Collaborate during the Test
What, another one?" groaned my students as I announced an upcoming standardized test. They had already taken the state high school exit exam, SAT subject tests, and regular class quizzes, while also preparing for AP exams. The exhausted response from...
Call for Papers
The Science Teacher (TST) is seeking manuscripts of approximately 2,000 words 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...
Career of the Month
Agricultural Engineer Agricultural (or biological) engineers apply technology to improve the production and use of renewable resources in activities ranging from forestry to biofuel production to animal husbandry. Erin Webb works at the Oak Ridge...
Career of the Month
Agricultural Engineer Agricultural (or biological) engineers apply technology to improve the production and use of renewable resources in activities ranging from forestry to biofuel production to animal husbandry. Erin Webb works at the Oak Ridge...
Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
When I was in high school many years ago, I had no idea what an engineer was. I was good in science and math, and yet no teacher or guidance counselor ever suggested that I might consider becoming an engineer. My experience was similar to that of agricultural...
Do I Need a Robot?
Do I Need a Robot? A new technology called telepresence robotics stands to transform the science classroom. No, it's not a feeble imitation of something out of Star Wars but potentially a game-changing tool that can connect science students to real...
Don't Short Circuit Stem Instruction: Exploring the Goals of Engineering and Science
Science students should undertake engineering design projects and carry out scientific investigations, as recommended by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS Lead States 2013) (see box, p. 28). However, studies show that students misconstrue...
Don't Short Circuit Stem Instruction: Exploring the Goals of Engineering and Science
Science students should undertake engineering design projects and carry out scientific investigations, as recommended by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS Lead States 2013) (see box, p. 28). However, studies show that students misconstrue...
Editor's Corner
Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions When I was in high school many years ago, I had no idea what an engineer was. I was good in science and math, and yet no teacher or guidance counselor ever suggested that I might consider becoming...
Einstein: A Hundred Years of Relativity
Einstein: A Hundred Years of Relativity By Andrew Robinson. $24.95. 256 pp. Princeton University Press. Princeton, NJ. 2015. ISBN: 9780691169897. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Science is not and never will be a closed book. Every important advance...
From Dome Homes to Fullerness
In the mid-1940s, famed inventor R. Buckminster Fuller first experimented with the idea of using geodesic domes to create widespread affordable housing. These innovative domes formed by triangles arrayed in pentagons and hexagons created a self-bracing...
Headline Science
Lasers Could Heat Objects to Be Hotter Than the Sun Lasers could heat materials to temperatures hotter than the center of the Sun in only 20 quadrillionths of a second, according to new research. Theoretical physicists from Imperial College London...
Health Wise
Spotting Depression in High School Students Doctors should routinely screen teens for depression if the teens have access to treatment, according to a recent recommendation by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF 2015), a congressionally...
Help Yourself, Help Your Students: What Research Says about Choosing a Good Professional Development Program
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Science teachers often participate in professional development programs (PDPs) to improve their students' learning. They sign up for workshops, institutes, university classes, or professional learning communities to gain knowledge...
Help Yourself, Help Your Students: What Research Says about Choosing a Good Professional Development Program
Science teachers often participate in professional development programs (PDPs) to improve their students' learning. They sign up for workshops, institutes, university classes, or professional learning communities to gain knowledge and new instructional...
How Do Siamese Cats Get Their Color? Exploring the Role of Proteins in Molecular Genetics
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When asked about protein, students often mention meat, protein bars, and protein's role in building muscles. Many students are not aware of the most basic function of protein: linking genes and traits. [FIGURE 1 OMITTED]...
How Do Siamese Cats Get Their Color? Exploring the Role of Proteins in Molecular Genetics
When asked about protein, students often mention meat, protein bars, and protein's role in building muscles. Many students are not aware of the most basic function of protein: linking genes and traits. Because of its importance in molecular genetics,...
Hurricanes and Humans
In late October, Hurricane Patricia hit Mexico with top winds of 200 mph, setting records as the most powerful tropical cyclone ever measured in the Western Hemisphere. The New York Times provides interactive details (see "On the web"). Last summer...
Idea Bank
Secrets of the "Sunspots" Though retired, I'm sometimes invited back to the science classroom as a guest teacher. One of my favorite topics in physics is "sunspots"--not the dark areas appearing on the surface of the Sun but rather the sunlit patches...
Lasers Could Heat Objects to Be Hotter Than the Sun
Lasers could heat materials to temperatures hotter than the center of the Sun in only 20 quadrillionths of a second, according to new research. Theoretical physicists from Imperial College London have devised an extremely rapid heating mechanism...
Right to the Source: Exploring Science and History with the Library of Congress
From Dome Homes to Fullerenes In the mid-1940s, famed inventor R. Buckminster Fuller first experimented with the idea of using geodesic domes to create widespread affordable housing. These innovative domes formed by triangles arrayed in pentagons...
Safer Reproductive Health in Science Labs
Seldom brought up are male and female reproductive health and safety in the laboratory. Improper ventilation and lack of personal protective equipment, for instance, may affect reproductive health--not to mention all of the hazardous chemicals we don't...
Safer Science
Safer Reproductive Health in Science Labs Seldom brought up are male and female reproductive health and safety in the laboratory. Improper ventilation and lack of personal protective equipment, for instance, may affect reproductive health--not to...
Salamander Saver: Students Design Salamander Traps to Help a Scientist Study Habitats
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On a spring morning in Maine, traps made of nets rise above vernal pools in a small wetland, ready to collect salamanders (Figure 1, p. 38). The traps were designed by groups of rural and urban high school students from Maine...
Salamander Saver: Students Design Salamander Traps to Help a Scientist Study Habitats
On a spring morning in Maine, traps made of nets rise above vernal pools in a small wetland, ready to collect salamanders (Figure 1, p. 38). The traps were designed by groups of rural and urban high school students from Maine and Massachusetts participating...
Science 2.0
Do I Need a Robot? A new technology called telepresence robotics stands to transform the science classroom. No, it's not a feeble imitation of something out of Star Wars but potentially a game-changing tool that can connect science students to real...
Secrets of the "Sunspots"
Though retired, I'm sometimes invited back to the science classroom as a guest teacher. One of my favorite topics in physics is "sunspots"--not the dark areas appearing on the surface of the Sun but rather the sunlit patches of light you see on the...
Sipping Data on Teenage Drinking from Instagram
Instagram could offer a novel way of monitoring the drinking habits of teenagers. Researchers from the University of Rochester in New York have shown that photos and text from the popular social network can expose patterns of underage drinking more...
Spotting Depression in High School Students
Doctors should routinely screen teens for depression if the teens have access to treatment, according to a recent recommendation by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF 2015), a congressionally authorized panel. The recommendation cited...
The Green Room
Hurricanes and Humans In late October, Hurricane Patricia hit Mexico with top winds of 200 mph, setting records as the most powerful tropical cyclone ever measured in the Western Hemisphere. The New York Times provides interactive details (see "On...
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