All maths and science teachers should read this!


NSC-Tech is one of those resources that every teacher should spend time browsing. Here are two of the many gems you can find on this site: Science for Kids, which is a free collection of experiements compiles by the American Chemical Society; and Lab Out Loud, a site with the tagline ‘science for the classrom and beyond’, whch is a podcast and blog that discusses science news and education with leading scientists, researchers, and otherscience writers. Here is an example of one of their videos, which discusses the challenge of picking up a wishbone and drinking straw using only one other drinking straw.

On the topic of math instruction via video, Dan Meyer finds a gem for us when he tells how Marianne Smith shows the draws attention to the tale of two approaches: one video ‘Math education: An onconvenient Truth“, with is posihed to a shine and represents procedural fluency, and contrasts it to “A parent’s guide to Math Education in Today’s Classroom‘, which is a classic example of conceptual fluency. It is a good reminder that there are many successful ways to produce educational videos. Then of course, there are videos like this, that are show that you can have fun even teaching Pythagoras’ theorem.

Here is another classic way that video can enhance the education of very abstract and tough concepts — such as the fourth dimensions. These are very impressive videos both in terms of presentation and educational content. And for the brace here is a video (from a different author) on the tenth dimension. On a related note, here isn article on how different people rotate maps in their heads.

EducationWeek then draws us to a recent study that suggests one of the better ways to teach science is through the use of everyday English (ass opposed to strict scientific terminology).


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