Tyler DeWitt: Hey science teachers — make it fun

High school science teacher Tyler DeWitt was ecstatic about a lesson plan on bacteria (how cool!) — and devastated when his students hated it. The problem was the textbook: it was impossible to understand. He delivers a rousing call for science teachers to ditch the jargon and extreme precision, and instead make science sing through stories and demonstrations. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)

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Eco-Hunter

Eco hunter

Most schoolyards will have areas on or near them where students can hunt for insects and other living things. Interactions between living and non-living things can also be identified. Natural areas will obviously offer a richer variety of finds, but students may be surprised by the variety of life forms found along fence lines, near drainage grates, etc.

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