January 2015 – Vol. 27 No. 5

Free Day at the Exploratorium – Engineering Day

Posted: Monday, June 3rd, 2013

When:
September 29, 2013 – September 30, 2013 all-day GMT0
2013-09-29T07:00:00+00:00
2013-09-30T07:00:00+00:00
Where:
Exploratorium
Pier 15
San Francisco, CA 94111
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:

The Exploratorium is free to everyone five days every year effective fall 2013.

Our Free Access Program includes upcoming free days on

Engineering Day (September 29, 2013)
Founder’s Day (October 13, 2013)
Groundhog Day (February 2, 2014)
Pi Day (March 14, 2014)
Mother’s Day (May 11, 2014)

For more information visit http://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/faq.

Written by California Science Teachers Association

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CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

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Posted: Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

When:
September 29, 2013 – September 30, 2013 all-day GMT0
2013-09-29T07:00:00+00:00
2013-09-30T07:00:00+00:00
Where:
Exploratorium
Pier 15
San Francisco, CA 94111
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:

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Written by Lisa Hegdahl

Lisa Hegdahl is an 8th grade science teacher at McCaffrey Middle School in Galt, CA and is president-elect of CSTA.

The NGSS Crosscutting Concepts Make Science Learning 3D!

Posted: Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

When:
September 29, 2013 – September 30, 2013 all-day GMT0
2013-09-29T07:00:00+00:00
2013-09-30T07:00:00+00:00
Where:
Exploratorium
Pier 15
San Francisco, CA 94111
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:

by Peter A’Hearn

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Written by Peter AHearn

Peter AHearn

Peter A’Hearn is the K-12 science specialist in the Palm Springs Unified School District, Co-Chair of the 2013 Conference Committee, and a member of CSTA.

Next Generation Science Standards: Jump Right In

Posted: Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

When:
September 29, 2013 – September 30, 2013 all-day GMT0
2013-09-29T07:00:00+00:00
2013-09-30T07:00:00+00:00
Where:
Exploratorium
Pier 15
San Francisco, CA 94111
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:

by Jennifer McGranahan

In the midst of all that is new this year – implementing Common Core for Language Arts and Mathematics, the new ELA/ELD Framework and our district’s Personalized Learning Plans – we are also hearing more about the Next Generation of Science Standards (NGSS). As a 6th grade classroom teacher, when I heard the acronym “NGSS,” I quickly put it out of my mind. My brain couldn’t face one more new expectation. However, I had majored in biology in college and had decided I wanted to focus on improving my teaching in science, and NGSS kept creeping back into my thoughts no matter how hard I tried to ignore it. Before I knew it, I was part of a team of teachers in my district selected to be part of the California K-8 NGSS Early Implementation Initiative. With the honor of being an Early Implementer came trainings during the summer and regular school year, and hours crafting and planning “beautiful” NGSS lessons that include 3-dimensional learning that I am not familiar with. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Actually, it is!!  Learn More…

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Posted: Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

When:
September 29, 2013 – September 30, 2013 all-day GMT0
2013-09-29T07:00:00+00:00
2013-09-30T07:00:00+00:00
Where:
Exploratorium
Pier 15
San Francisco, CA 94111
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:

by Laura Henriques

I heard a story on the radio about New Year’s Resolutions. It seems that about 44% of people make resolutions each year with 42% of them self-reporting that they’ve kept the resolution all year. That means about 18% of us make and keep a resolution each year. While the success rate isn’t all that high, the researcher being interviewed seemed to think that action of making a resolution is still a good thing. It helps us be intentional about our goals and actions, or at least our intended goals and actions! She seemed to think that simply stating your resolution and trying to keep it helped us move in our desired direction.

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Laura Henriques

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Posted: Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

When:
September 29, 2013 – September 30, 2013 all-day GMT0
2013-09-29T07:00:00+00:00
2013-09-30T07:00:00+00:00
Where:
Exploratorium
Pier 15
San Francisco, CA 94111
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:

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Rick Pomeroy

Rick Pomeroy is science education lecturer/supervisor in the School of Education, University of California, Davis and is past president of CSTA.