A professional association exists for almost any industry you can think and teaching science is not an exception to this rule. Some teachers may turn their nose up at becoming a member of a national association, but discover the benefits before making your final decision. Not only can membership in a national association for science teachers help you be a better science teacher, it can also broaden your horizons in other ways.
Even if the National Science Teachers Association is not the right professional association for you, consider other associations as options for membership.
Benefits of Belonging to a Professional Organization
One of the primary benefits of professional organizations is members typically receive access to a plethora of information. Science journals, teaching journals, grade-specific publications and more are but a few of the resources available in one spot—from the association.
National conferences, regional conferences, education sessions and more are additional benefits that come with being a member of a professional science association. Attending these conferences and session has a set of its own benefits. First, you can interact and learn from your fellow science teachers from around the country—some even from around the world. Second, you can walk away with enough information on science teaching techniques to revitalize your interaction in the classroom with your students.
Membership in a professional science teacher organization can make you a better leader inside and outside of the classroom. Professional associations typically offer leadership training courses. In addition, you can work on committees and subcommittees or sit on the board for the association.
Finally, membership can save you money. Many associations offer its members discounts on anything from car insurance and life insurance to school supplies and more. Not all associations are the right fit for all science teachers, but find a professional science or teaching association that you can benefit from both professionally and personally.