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Do Stars Move Across the Sky? Transforming Middle Grade Science Misconceptions into Understanding

This web seminar took place on November 13, 2013 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. eastern standard time. The presenters were Sara Torpey, Curriculum Specialist with Britannica Digital Learning; and Larry Hanna, a teacher at Woodham Middle School, Pensacola, FL.


In this web seminar Ms. Torpey discussed middle school students' commonly held misconceptions and provided strategies for helping student ideas evolve through inquiry-based exploration and research. Mr. Hanna shared his insights working with students in the classroom. Ms. Torpey gave a web tour of PATHWAYS: SCIENCE, a digital resource from Britannica Digital Learning that allows students to explore science concepts and practice inquiry skills.

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To view the presentation slides from the web seminar and related resources, visit the resource collection. Continue discussing this topic in the community forums. Download the Britannica white paper Targeting Science Misconceptions in Middle School Students.


A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificate area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.


Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "I enjoyed the refresher about science misconceptions and how to address them with students."
  • "Loved the idea of thinking about student misconceptions in the 3 step format."

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!




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