University of Waterloo professor uses her newfound fame to encourage new generations to share her passion Continue reading
A Canadian science communicator wanted to show how people’s emotions and desire for easy answers can be manipulated when it comes to science and health information. His fake video with a very real message now has millions of views.
Edugains provides useful resources to link financial literacy with your science program and other subject areas as well. Click the links below for examples. Continue reading
Written by Joyce Posada, a 2015 Galbraith winner from the University of Toronto.
This question that my Associate Teacher asked me when I showed this lesson plan to her stood out in my mind. I remember pointing out the expectation in the Ministry’s curriculum document. However, this incident reminded me that teachers are no longer here to drill concepts in our students’ heads, concepts that they might never use in the future. As shown by this lesson, teachers are preparing the students to have an understanding of scientific concepts and processes so that the students are able to make personal decisions in their everyday lives. Teaching this lesson increases scientific literacy, thus helping the students analyze and understand support systems provided by companies in order to create a safe and effective product.
Author: Antik Dey
Having experience in teaching all three specific disciplines, I will argue that the distinctions between them, although artificial, are necessary. I will also rationalize the need for a holistic approach to teaching senior science courses. Continue reading
“Jumbled sentences” is a useful technique that first emerged in the late 1990s (Osborne, 1997). The advantage of the technique is that it stimulates students’ scientific thinking while also supporting their development of literacy skills. For many years, I have introduced teacher candidates to the technique and have encouraged them to develop their own examples. More recently, I realized it could be adapted to support an inquiry-based approach to learning. Although the basic idea has been around for some time, this article will revisit the principle of jumbled sentences for those unfamiliar with the technique.
Author: Antik Dey
“I am not going to be a scientist, so I don’t need to know scientific literacy.”
Should we prioritize scientific literacy in all science courses regardless of our student’s destination? Continue reading
Curriculum Connection: All science courses; article specifically identifies Grade 10
Inquiry-based teaching (referred to as IQT throughout this article) is a relatively new method of teaching that has recently been implemented into schools within the past decade in an effort to promote student involvement in teachers’ lesson plans. Continue reading