The Science Teacher

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

Articles from Vol. 86, No. 5, January

A Forest in Motion Student Citizen Scientists Investigate How Trees Respond to Changing Mountain Climate
"It's one thing to talk about how the Earth is changing in the classroom. It's another thing to see it and measure it for yourself." A student's reflection on a field trip to Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) to conduct a forest inventory demonstrates...
Citizen Scientists in the Appalachian Forest
On June 27, 1996, folklorist Mary Hufford asked Ken Wills, "Is the buckeye a troubled species?" His answer to what seemed to be a very simple yes or no question revealed not only his knowledge and experience but also his ability to draw conclusions...
Civil Engineer
Civil engineering is a broad discipline that deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of elements of the built environment, such as buildings, roads, and water and sewer systems. Civil engineers usually specialize in a subdiscipline and...
Crowdsourcing Science
On the morning of the third Saturday of July each year, close to 1,400 volunteers venture onto 300 lakes and ponds across the state of Maine to count loons. The observations taken over the past 30 years provide an excellent snapshot of the loon population...
DISSOLUTION FROM TO SOLUTION: New Approaches to Teaching Ocean Acidification
"What the heck is ocean acidification?" writes a student on his pre-survey. This question reflects a larger trend: While scientific knowledge of ocean acidification has increased dramatically over the past decade, most Americans know little about it....
Electric Power in a Parallel Circuit with an Automobile Battery
My favorite bulb-battery teaching demonstration explains voltage, current, and power in parallel circuits with the aid of a common automobile battery. On my lecture table I place an old 6-volt battery, its appearance familiar to most students. I use...
Freebies
The following are free and low-cost classroom resources of interest to high school science teachers. Additional resources can be found at www.nsta.org/publications/freebies.aspx. Seven Things You Can Do Now to Prepare for Next Year's STEM Class...
IT'S MORE THAN FLUFF: Using Birds to Build Student Interest and Skills in Science
In any location--urban, suburban, or rural--students can observe birds and share data through the eBird citizen science project. By submitting data to eBird, students join hundreds of thousands of citizen scientists throughout the world providing crucial...
Making and the 5E Learning Cycle
Making is building upon your knowledge by talking your curiosity a step further and reinforcing it into something tangible. Making is what humans do best, it is the legacy we leave behind. --Syeda Ayesha Qadri, high school chemistry teacher Inquiry-based...
Nsta Announcements
National Science Teachers Association Advocates for High-Quality Elementary Science Education in New Position Statement https://www.nsta.org/about/positions/elementary.aspx When the eclipse will be visible Event Pacific ...
Nsta Competitions
www.nsta.org/about/competitions.aspx Registration Now Open for the Shell Science Lab Challenge https://www.nsta.org/shellsciencelab/ Registration is now open for the Shell Science Lab Challenge. The Challenge, which is sponsored by Shell Oil...
NSTA's 75th A Beginning, Present, and Future Connected by the Need for Science Education
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in April 1944, following many years of discussion, two separate associations--The American Science Teachers Association and the American Council of Science Teachers--proposed and adopted a constitution which merged their...
Reaching for the Future: Building a Professional Trajectory
Science teachers need to consider how they want to grow professionally. Thinking about one's future involves identifying the knowledge, practices, and attributes needed in a new role. By using a framework such as the science education trajectory (SET),...
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