Category Archives: science


Creating moments when you can’t “Just Google It”

The questions students investigate in school have answers that someone, somewhere (usually including the teacher) already knows.  Even teachers that are using carefully constructed, wonderfully inquiry lessons are almost always having students investigate something for which the answer is already known. I’ve spent the last four years working with graduate science fellows to bring their […]


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Why designing experiments is so hard for students & what we can do to help! 9

We’ve all heard all about how inquiry is important in science classrooms.  So why is it so hard to do?  And why are there still so teachers reluctant to do it?  Well, for lots of reasons actually…but this post will just talk about one of them – because it’s really hard to do it AND […]


Are we really serious about ALL students learning science?

If we’re really serious about ensuring that all students learn science, then why do we continue the practice of moving on to the next topic before all the students are ready? Because it’s impossible to manage a classroom if you’re trying to keep all 20-40 students together and you wait until every last one of […]


Is knowledge worth much if it can’t be effectively communicated? Helping future scientists learn to communicate to broad audiences

 GK-12 is an NSF-funded program for graduate students in the science, technology, engineering and math fields that’s a win-win-win-win situation! Win!  Amazing science that’s not communicated effectively isn’t worth much.  The goal of the GK-12 program is to provide training about and experience at communicating and collaborating with a wide variety of audiences—general public, funding […]