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.
Talk Climate is an ambitious set of resources designed to empower schools, homes, communities and workplaces to engage in productive conversations about our changing climate.
The core resources are divided into 5 age-based categories:
Each age-group page provides a detailed list of resources including videos, books, articles, and other organizations to connect with.
You will also find climate resources for education, environmental justice, faith and spirituality, healthcare, mental health and science.
Talk Climate a site you must add to your climate change bookmarks. Enjoy!
If you have spent any time with the release of the IPCC 6th Assessment Report on Climate Change there is a chance that you came away with a “doom and gloom” feeling about the future of our planet. In an effort to offset this, I plan to share some resources in the coming weeks that might help us feel inspired, empowered, hopeful, knowledgable and ready to tackle the climate-related problems in front of us.
The Board on Science Education for the National Academies is providing a 2-day event on October 14-15, 2021. The meeting is open to the public and you can attend in person or virtually. The focus will be on examining the current state of science standard implementation across the country and will also dig into possible next steps and ways to improve implementation efforts.
Click HERE for more information and to register for the event.
When you register you will be given choices for breakout sessions on each day.
- Early Elementary
- Upper Elementary
- Middle School
- High School
- Informal Education
- Preschool to Elementary Transition
- Curriculum and Instructional Materials
- Formative Assessment
- Instructional Practices
- DNA Exonerations
- Race, Racism, and Genetics
- COVID 19 Testing and Inequalities
- Elephant Conservation
In my work, I find that some folks need examples of what social justice learning might look like in relationship to science. These units provide thoughtfully constructed learning experiences from experts in life sciences.
Click the screenshot below (or HERE) to learn more about these units of instruction.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released their 6th assessment report on climate change. Click HERE to visit the homepage on the report. You will find a summary for policy makers, an interactive atlas, FAQs, regional reports, outreach materials and the full report. I think it’s past time that all of us as science educators and leaders build our understanding of climate change…even if it’s “not my content area”.
Back in the day (I’ve been writing this blog for well over a decade!) I used to post lots of Derek’s Veritasium videos. If you are new to Veritasium then you should watch the video below and also check out some of Derek’s older videos on science misconceptions.
The video below shows Derek tackling an idea in education that is clearly not well understood in the field. Enjoy!
The National Academies Press recently released a new FREE science education publication titled Call to Action for Science Education: Building Opportunity for the Future. You can read the document HERE in your browser, download the PDF, or purchase a hardcopy.
I have not read the publication yet but the titles of the chapters are telling:
- Why Better, More Equitable Science Education Should Be a National Priority
- A Vision for Better, More Equitable Science Education
- How Far Are We from This Vision for Students?
- How Do We Get There?
This looks like a great summer read for anyone working in science (STEM) education.
Below is some text from the report: