If you are not already familiar with the publication CONNECT, you might want to check out this outlet for classroom-based articles. The copies I've scanned have items by precollege faculty, mathematics and science supervisors, and college faculty (mathematicians, scientists, and teacher educators). Many are authored by combinations of precollege and college faculty.
This is not a journal in the sense of NCTM's Mathematics Teacher or NSTA's Science and Children. Rather, it appears to be a regularly published collection of thematic classroom resources/reports on the teaching of mathematics and science. Each edition is liberally illustrated with photos, drawings, and student work.
Persons interested in authoring probably get a sample copy by calling Synergy Learning at 800-769-6199 or dropping an email message (firstname.lastname@example.org).
======================================= A CALL FOR TEACHER-AUTHORS!
CONNECT, published by non-profit Synergy Learning, features articles by innovative educators in K-8 math, science and technology.
We seek out authors who are excited about learning, including ways that students approach investigations and problem solving. Articles in CONNECT become a resource to benefit teachers, students and school communities across the country.
Any and all educators are welcome to submit work for publication in this independent science, math and hands-on technology magazine, now in its eleventh year. Our articles are built on classroom practice. Each issue is thematic. Our list of upcoming themes is below:
CONNECT Themes for '98-'99 School Year:
September-October, '98: ROCKS! Geology and earth science, in which K-8 students use inquiry and problem solving skills to further understand the world around them. Examples from classrooms and fieldwork. Articles due by July 1, 1998
November-December, '98: CLASSROOM CHEMISTRY Simple and safe ways to encourage students to explore chemical and physical concepts through problem solving techniques. Articles due by September 15, 1998
January-February, '99: SCIENCE, MATH AND TECHNOLOGY THROUGH TOYS The theme includes investigating, building, testing, adapting -- from the 19th century to computer controlled systems. Data collection and math implications are featured. Articles due by November 15, 1998
March-April, '99: MAGNETISM AND ELECTRICITY This theme allows for student investigations of many vital concepts in science. Includes exploring magnetic fields, mag-lev trains, innovations in "batteries and bulbs" units, switches and other control devices. Articles due by January 15, 1999
May-June, '99: FINDING THE BALANCE IN MATH Can K-8 math be taught solely through investigations? Does a blend of formal instruction and more flexible, student-centered learning work better? Is math difficult to integrate with other curriculum areas? Articles due by March 15, 1999
CONNECT is eager to address opportunities for multidisciplinary learning, including writing, art, history, geography and other realms of the curriculum. *Articles may be up to 1,400 words in length. *Articles on disk are welcome. You are also welcome to e-mail articles to email@example.com, as well as to mail an article or to fax it to us. *Authors whose work is published in CONNECT receive a free one-year subscription. *Authors whose full length article is published in CONNECT receive an honorarium.
About illustrations, work, or quotes by your students: Photocopies of student work are often usable. Originals are even better. Photographs: black & white or color prints or slides are all fine. Digital camera images are also usable, depending on the resolution. We will return material that you send us (except photocopies).
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT US! We will send you a free sample issue of CONNECT and we would be glad to discuss you writing ideas. Thanks!
***As of May 4, see our redesigned website at: WWW.SynergyLearning.org
Synergy Learning, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, based in Vermont, whose mission is to immerse learners and teachers in science/math/technology explorations which encourage independent thinking and greater ability to create positive change. CONNECT is one component of that mission.