Invitations to Inquiry (Free Secondary Science Supplements) Video Blog

Invitations to Inquiry by BSCS is a set of nicely-designed mini-units that provide thoughtful ways for secondary students to engage in the practice of analyzing and interpreting data. Below is a screencast where I provide a quick overview of the materials.

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Science Education in an Age of Misinformation

Stanford University recently released a report titled Science Education in the Age of Misinformation. The report makes the case for why misinformation is a problem and how scientists and science educators might address the problem. The report provides some clear recommendations and also some compelling examples.

You can access the full report as a pdf HERE. You can also visit the accompanying website HERE.

WA Only: PEI FREE Field Experiences Workshop

I have had the pleasure of learning with the talented folks at Pacific Education Institute (PEI) for several years now. I’ve even had the honor of collaborating with them on developing materials and delivering professional development. So I wanted to take the opportunity to push out information for a FREE workshop series from PEI on Designing High Impact Field Experiences. I highly recommend any professional learning from PEI. Unfortunately I’m already booked on one of these evenings, otherwise I would see you there.

Information:

  • Online via Zoom
  • March 16th and March 29th via Zoom with 2 hours of asynchronous work
  • Zoom sessions 4-6pm
  • 6 STEM Clock Hours
  • Click HERE for more information and to register

FREE Webinar: Pedagogical Commitments for Climate Justice Education

The Climate Teacher Ed Collaborative (@ClimateEdTools) is hosting multiple monthly FREE online webinars. The first is titled Pedagogical Commitments for Climate Justice Education on February 11th, 2022 from 11am-noon PST. Dr. Fikile Nuxalmo and Pablo Montes will be sharing about their NSTA publication on Pedagogical Commitments for Climate Justice Education. I just signed up and hope to see other colleagues there too.

If you are interested you can register HERE.

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Tech Boy

I don’t talk about it much on this site but I’m not only a huge science education nerd, I’m also a huge everyday nerd. I read and collect graphic novels and comic books. I watch anything Marvel, DC or Star Wars related and I definitely enjoy playing video games.

So when I recently stumbled on a STEM-focused comic book that was authored by a young person- I was intrigued and knew that I had to share it here.

Thirteen year-old DeJuan Strickland also enjoys video games and comics. He noticed that there were only a few superheroes that looked like him. He noticed that there weren’t many comics that explicitly connected to STEM…so he created his own superhero comic and character- Tech Boy!

You can hear DeJuan talk about his vision and his project in the news clip embedded below. You can order your own copy (or even a classroom set) of Tech Boy HERE. It also sounds like DeJuan has been hard at work and has another comic coming soon…so keep your eyes open for more from DeJuan.

Have You Seen the Latest STEM Teaching Tools?

If you are someone who follows this blog then you most likely are already a fan of the brilliant STEM Teaching Tools site. If it’s been awhile since you’ve visited stemteachingtools.org then I highly recommend heading there now. The last several Practice Briefs are powerful (not that the previous ones were not) and tackle some important topics in equity-focused science instruction. Here are a few of my favorites to get you started:

All the Feelings Under the Sun: How to Deal with Climate Change

All the Feelings Under the Sun: How to Deal with Climate Change by Leslie Davenport is a book written for kids that is designed to help them examine and work through their feelings and emotions about our changing climate. Just looking at the chapter titles gives a sense of what this book is about:

Introduction

Chapter 1: How We Know What We Know

Chapter 2: The Earth is Heating Up

Chapter 3: Everything is Connected

Chapter 4: Eco-Justice

Chapter 5: Making the World Healthier Together

In my work with classroom teachers it is common to hear a certain amount of hesitancy in engaging students (especially younger students) with learning about climate. The thought being that the content is too heavy and overwhelming. This book might be a great resource for thinking about how to tackle learning about climate head on with a solution-oriented frame and also dealing with our feelings about it.

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BSCS: Limited Time FREE Access to Videoverse

As an educator of preservice teachers and a consultant working with inservice teachers I’m always on the lookout for FREE quality videos of science instruction. There are some entities that have great videos but they are now behind a subscription wall (I’m looking at you Teaching Channel). So when I saw that BSCS was offering FREE subscriptions for their BSCS Videoverse platform I quickly jumped on it.

Now, I will admit that I have only signed up today so I haven’t had time to give the videos a thorough review but I’m encouraged by the mix of videos at multiple grade bands. Videos are organized by different practices and instructional moves such as Revealing Student Ideas and Using Models and Representations. There are also places where multiple short clips from the same lesson have been collated together for viewing.

To sign up click HERE and then you’ll be directed to enter your name, email and make a password. If you enter the code FREEACCESS you will not need to enter any credit card information.

NSTA Sensemaking Toolkit

The National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA) has a collection of sensemaking resources called the Sensemaking Toolkit. You will find resources on “what is sensemaking?” along with tips and links to multiple resources on phenomena, student ideas, science ideas, and science and engineering practices.

One of my favorite tools here is the Single-Point Rubric for Sensemaking Lessons. View HERE as a Google Doc. This rubric can help us evaluate our sensemaking lessons to make them more powerful experiences for students.

River Runner Simulation

Here’s a fun simulation for a Tuesday. Visit River Runner and then click anywhere on the map to place a single raindrop. The simulation then shows you where the raindrop ends up. Enjoy.