I think the #1 thing an elementary teacher can do today to be a better teacher is to go to as many professional staff development opportunities as possible. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference is one of the best to prepare you to teach science.
Imagine thousands of teachers in one place, all focused on one area -to help children think like a scientist. It all boils down to this. How do we prepare kids for the real world and help them to think critically, and to help make decisions that make the world a better place.
Beg, plead, borrow… whatever you need to do to go to one of those conferences. You’ll be hooked. You will realize how important it is to be at the cutting edge of science education.
If you don’t know anything about the NSTA, go to www.nsta.org for more information.
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