NSTA Press

NSTA publications will make you a science teaching guru.

Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, the National Science Teachers Association is a member-driven organization, 60,000-strong. NSTA publish books and journals for science teachers from kindergarten through college. Each year NSTA holds four conferences on science education: three regional events in the fall and a national gathering in the spring. NSTA provides ways for science teachers to connect with one another. They inform Congress and the public on vital questions affecting science literacy and a well-educated workforce. And with your help, NSTA can do even more.

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More Brain-Powered Science: Teaching and Learning With Discrepant Events - PB271X2More Brain-Powered Science: Teaching and Learning With Discrepant Events by Thomas O‘Brien published by NSTA in 2011. Effective science teachers catalyze and scaffold student learning by practicing both the science and art of science teaching. The craft of science education has a long history of exemplary practitioners. Greate scientists-teachers of any era intuitively practice science teaching as a performing art by integrating the fun and mental aspects of intellectual playfulness. In this book, Thomas O’Brien uses the inquiry-oriented discrepant events - hands-on explorations or demonstrations in which the outcome is not what students expect - to challenge students’ preconceived ideas and urge them to critically examine empirical evidence, draw logical inferences, and skeptically review their initial explanations with their peers. Thomas O’Brien is a science teacher professional development specialist, who co-taught more than 25 summer institutes.

Predict, Observe, Explain, NSTAPredict, Observe, Explain: Activities Enhancing Scientific Understanding by John Haysom and Michael Bowen published by NSTA in 2010. Children live in a world of sense impressions, they see, smell, touch, hear, and taste. Chilren also form concepts, they trying to link one concept with another and explain the world around them. The 15 chapters of this bookcover topics such as force and motion, light, pressure, floating, and sinking, and solutions. There are two types of interpretations of the world in which we live: everyday, commonsense interpretations and those of the community of scientists. In this book, John Haysom and Michael Bowen provide middle and high school science teachers with more than 100 student activities to prove scientific concepts. The powerful, field-tested Predict, Observe, Explain (POE) strategy is designed to foster student inquiry and challenge existing conception that students bring to the classroom.

Tried & True, NSTATried & True: Time Tested Activities for Middle School by Inez Fugate Lifting (Editor) published by NSTA in 2010. These are the activities that define a child's classroom experience. Every rock band has its signature song, every musician has famous trick, so it is with science teachers. Each teacher has his/her own special activities and demonstrations, and get improved every year. From novel approaches to age-old problems which help kids appreciate the importance ofclear scientific writing, this book offers lessons that pique students' interests. A collection of “Tried & True” columns originally published in the award-winning journal Science Scope. This account offers the best versions of science teaching classics and written by fellow-teachers. Veteran teachers will find new activities within this collection, new twists to activities they are already doing. This book will be especially useful to new teachers who are just developing their own signature lessons. Inez Fugate Liftig is an educator with more than 40 years of classroom experience.



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