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Science teachers, purple cows and the case of the flaming wallet

So you want a book to read? What's it to be? 103 Ways to become a more effective standards-based teacher. No? Well, here's a great little book called Purple Cow by Seth Godin, a truly incredible mind in marketing. You want to go to the local…
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The 15-second sound bite – TV vs. classroom teaching

People often ask me if teaching on television is different to teaching in the classroom. Let me tell you a secret. It is a completely different experience. First, I was told I was not on TV to educate. I was on TV to entertain! But wait! What…
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Active things parents can do to help kids learn science

It doesn't all rest in the hands of the teacher. If you are a parent there are some active things you can do to help your kids prepare for a lifetime of science or inquiry. Help by reinforcing what your teacher is doing in class. When your…
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Science Fair Project! Getting parents and teachers on board

There are three words you can utter that will change the look on a teacher's face, and on a parent's face, and those words are — Science Fair Project. You can see the beads of sweat start to appear on the forehead. Teachers know they will…

Clever Idea for a Baby Soda Bottle – Teacher Turns Plastic Test Tubes into a Solar Oven

Lots of people come up with clever uses for our large, plastic test tubes called Baby Soda Bottles. Todd Blackman at the Franklin County Public Electrical Utility District #1 in Pasco, Washington shared this idea for turning a Baby Soda Bottle…
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Teachers need learning too – say yes to staff development

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…
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Edutainment: injecting entertainment into learning

Edutainment - good word or bad? Well, it depends on whom you talk to. The 1950s teaching style of "˜sit down, shut up and learn' was how it was. Kids learned and absorbed information because they didn't have as many things going on as today.…

Hands-on Science Boot Camp 2005 – Mission Accomplished

Ninety-nine elementary teachers were called into action July 27-28, 2005, at the Hands-on Science Boot Camp to explore new and creative science integration strategies for making science education come alive in their classrooms. Named Operation…

Science Boot Camp – Teachers get a lesson in making learning fun

FALL IN! That's what 99 elementary teachers did as they "reported for duty" at the Hands-on Science Boot Camp in Denver. The purpose... to explore new and creative science integration strategies for making science education come alive in their…
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Float or Sink: A Science Lesson at Water World

You might have heard about high school students conducting science experiments at the amusement park. It's a great way for physics students to take measurements and record data from the rides as the learn about Newton's Laws of Motion. There's…