Category Archives: Science Education

One Way to Improve Your Teaching

Sometimes I am asked what is the most important part of teaching effectively or what is the one thing that I’d recommend for people to try. Unfortunately, I don’t believe the question can be answered. There is no single thing … Continue reading

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Polar Bears

We went out for dinner last night for my oldest son’s birthday. Then, we drove around to look at Christmas lights. As we drove around, our youngest son (4 years old) started talking about the north pole and whether or … Continue reading

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A More Practical Approach

Just an FYI post: I’ve restarted a blog I haven’t revisited in four years.  I, along with my students, have been doing a lot of interesting work with K-12 students. So, I decided to start sharing some of those practical … Continue reading

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Creating Doubt

One of my preservice teachers asked me what I would do when students are working in groups and one group seems to be “right on”. I told her, “I do everything I can to get them to doubt their thinking”. … Continue reading

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Science, creativity, & literature

The nature of science is often misrepresented as dull, straightforward, & overly empirical. Such a view misses important aspects of creativity & intuition in science. Below is an abstract to a recent paper where the author uses insights from Edgar … Continue reading

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Flipped: it’s Newton, but its’ not Einstein

I just got done with a webinar on the flipped classroom.  I appreciated the dialogue.  I am confident that the people in the webinar are each tremendous educators.  While I don’t see the flipped classroom as where instruction ought to … Continue reading

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Did you go to high school? Join the education department!

A few days ago, I was sent this link to an article where a physics professor “discovers” that lecture isn’t working. (Gasp!) What I find hilarious (in an infuriating way) is that this physics professor could have found this out … Continue reading

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Pseudoteaching with Demos

Pseudoteaching was a concept I have understood and been wary of for a long time.  However, only recently was I able to put a name to the phenomena thanks to a conversation I had with Frank Noschese.  This post is … Continue reading

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Scientists’ fowl mouths

I’m always intrigued at how scientists view the nature of science.  Most of their words are accurate, but misleading to the general public.  They speak as though answers are inevitable.  Yet, a scientist knows that while answers in general may … Continue reading

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What is the purpose of educational technology?

I am reading Larry Cuban’s book, Teachers and Machines from 1986.  In the book he calls instructional technology “any device available to teachers for use in instructing students in a more efficient and stimulating manner than the sole use of … Continue reading

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