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Supporting Science through Interdisciplinary Instruction

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have totally transformed my students’ learning experiences in STEM. However, like most teachers, my biggest challenge has been finding the additional time that students need to observe, question, investigate, and interpret results. Thinking and … Continue reading

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Ed News: Climate Change Is Not Up For Debate.

This week in education news, West Virginia hasn’t externally tested whether the SAT test’s “Analysis in Science” section actually measures what students are learning in their science classrooms; New Teacher Center unveils new coaching standards; teachers face barriers to using … Continue reading

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Meet the 2018 NSTA/ NCTM STEM Teacher Ambassadors!

We are proud to be working with 2018 NSTA/NCTM STEM Teacher Ambassadors, who are here at NSTA’s headquarters this week participating in an intensive communications, media, and policy training designed to expand the classroom teacher voice at the local, state, … Continue reading

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I Can’t, in My Heart, Go Back to Our Old Curriculum

That was my response this week at our middle school science staff meeting.  We’ve spent the last two school years exploring the new Michigan standards (which are identical to NGSS) and trying out units from different curriculum programs.  While the … Continue reading

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Thank You, Mrs. Kennedy

  I was in 6th grade at Rose Tree Elementary School in Media, Pennsylvania, in October of 1957 when Sputnik was launched. When our class heard the beep-beep-beep of its telemetry when it passed overhead, the Cold War seemed very … Continue reading

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Ed News: Amid Walkouts, Charter Fight, Kentucky Commissioner Forced to Resign

This week in education news, Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt resigns under pressure from the Governor and State Board; a new report from Achieve includes criteria states can use to develop NGSS tests; women who watched The X-Files pursued more careers … Continue reading

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STEM Certificate: The View from AAPT

For the last several months, the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) has been a partner with NSTA and other professional organizations discussing the implications of a STEM certificate. There are many challenges in this venture–not the least of which … Continue reading

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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

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Stuck in the Middle?

A short story about one Massachusetts middle school deciding between a layered or integrated curriculum format I’m going to date myself by stating this, but as a middle schooler, I used to love those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books that … Continue reading

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Bright Ideas for Middle Schoolers through the Bright Schools Competition!

Begin Developing your BRIGHT Schools Team The goal of the Bright Schools program is to create a learning experience that will help students, parents and teachers better understand the link among light, sleep and student health and performance. Through the … Continue reading

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