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Ersatz Kitchen Table

I recently discovered a Facebook post in which a parent expressed disagreement over how I graded her son’s assignment. This unleashed a torrent of hateful, profanity-laced comments including one person saying I should be fired. I’m afraid something like this … Continue reading

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Supporting Students With Disabilities in STEM

Jason, is this big enough?” My seventh-grade teacher asked me about the text on the whiteboard, in front of the entire class. Much to my horror, she continued to ask this repeatedly for what felt like the rest of the … Continue reading

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Ed News: The Prevalence of Collaboration Among American Teachers

This week in education news, new survey finds half of parents are not “very confident” in their ability to help their children with science; U.S. News STEM Solutions partners with USA Science & Engineering Festival; Pearson is selling off its … Continue reading

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Connecting with families

Establishing close communication with families is an objective for early childhood educators and the programs they work in (NAEYC, ECERS-R, Head Start). You might be connecting with family members when greeting children at the door to the classroom in the morning or at … Continue reading

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Lemonade Stands and Summer Activity Resources

Thanks to a teacher who was moving and in a new job, I received boxes of resources from Zoobooks to CESI publications to posters that will interest children and convey concepts today as well as they did 30 years ago—sorting … Continue reading

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Science and families

Communicating with parents and other caregivers is important for student success. The topic of parental involvement has been addressed in NSTA blogs and publications, with ideas for parent conferences, back-to-school nights or open houses, summer activities, and family science events. … Continue reading

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Anecdotes from parents: what is important from the child’s viewpoint

It is always nice to hear from the parents of my students: Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Wanted to share with you Sasha’s painting. She did it yesterday while I was cooking. That is what she wanted to … Continue reading

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USA Science and Engineering Festival Expo for all ages

I’m looking forward to the USA Science and Engineering Festival Expo in Washington, D.C., on the National Mall on October 23 and 24 from 10am to 5:30pm. Hosted by Lockheed Martin, the Expo is the free grand finale for a … Continue reading

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Meet the parents

I’m a new middle school science teacher, and the thought of back-to-school night is already making me nervous. What should I expect? What should I do? —Kate, Savannah, Georgia Whether it’s held before school starts or during the first few … Continue reading

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Facilitating parental support

My school wants to encourage more parental involvement. Any suggestions? —Madeleine, Lafayette, Louisiana “Parental involvement” is a term we think we all understand, but it might help to discuss what “involved” parents are. On the one hand, they might be … Continue reading

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