Tag Archives: Education

2nd & 6th gr. Space Buddies have “NASA Fridays” FUN!

TEACHERS!  What do you do with that last 40 minutes of class at the end of the week on a Friday? You may have thoughts like, “I can’t wait until this week is over!  I’m exhausted and these kid are … Continue reading

Posted in Federal Programs in Action | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

Student Talk: The Use of Dialogue and Discussion

This summer a group of Oregon teachers prepared to launch the Oregon Science Project, which focuses on professional development for rural teachers around NGSS. During our 3-day facilitator’s training we focused on dialogue not discussion.  As a group, this distinction … Continue reading

Posted in Science 2.0 | Tagged , , , , | 11 Comments

Science Teaching Stories: 140 Characters at a Time

In the world of Twitter we use 140 characters to tell wonderful and informative stories.  And, in the world of NSTA, stories about excellence and innovations in science teaching are abounding.  When joining the two worlds we make #NSTAchat—an answer … Continue reading

Posted in NSTA Membership | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Challenging Our Brightest Thinkers

Although I encourage all of my students to consider a career in the sciences, I know it is probable that only the most persistent, passionate, and brightest will chose such a career path. I’ve been fortunate to teach many such … Continue reading

Posted in NSTA Membership | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

President Trump Calls for $200 Million Boost for STEM Education

Last week President Trump issued a presidential memorandum calling for a $200 million boost to STEM education and computer science in K–12 schools. The memorandum,  signed during an Oval Office ceremony attended by Ivanka Trump and U.S. Education Secretary Betsy … Continue reading

Posted in Legislative Update | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Legislative Update: Senate Restores $2 Billion Teacher Training Fund

Congress returned to D.C. after Labor Day and immediately started work to fund the government, raise the federal borrowing limit and supply relief funds to disaster victims. On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations committee approved the FY2018 bill for Labor, HHS … Continue reading

Posted in Legislative Update | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Unparalleled Student Experiences through the NASA Educator Workshop

During July 2001, I along with 24 science educators from 15 states attended the NASA Educator Workshop (NEW) at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The two-week program was a NASA Headquarters initiative managed by NSTA, and coordinated by … Continue reading

Posted in Federal Programs in Action | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

STEM Summer Institute, a program in USD 383 Manhattan KS

For the past seven years, my district has held an enrichment opportunity for students in grades fifth through ninth grade called STEM Summer Institute. This unique program has been funded by a Department of Defense Education Activity Grant.  Manhattan, Kansas … Continue reading

Posted in Science 2.0 | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

A Children’s Book that Explains Eclipses the Way You Would

Everyone across the country is getting ready to view the sky event of the decade – the All American total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.  Older kids may have studied eclipses in an earth science or general science class. … Continue reading

Posted in NSTA Press Books | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

#NSTA17 Meet Me In The Middle Day Re-Cap

There was excitement in the air as the conference attendees started pouring into the conference center in Los Angeles. Standing at the foot of the escalators, in bright green t shirts, were members of the National Middle Level Science Teacher … Continue reading

Posted in NSTA Membership | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments