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February 2019

Scientific Reasoning and Argumentation We are bombarded daily by a barrage of claims and counterclaims. Cable news commentary, social media, and partisan political pronouncements routinely ask us to accept opinion masquerading as fact, presented alongside data that is often misleading, out of context, or even patently false. In an age where facts must compete with “alternative facts,” it is more important than ever for our students to learn and practice the skills of scientific argumentation. Taken from the Latin arguer—to make bright or enlighten—argument is central to scientific progress.


Add to Cart Focus on Physics: Quickly Teaching Speed, Velocity, and Acceleration—Part 1
The Science Teacher, Feb 19
Motion is best learned by keeping it simple—by neglecting the effects of air resistance, as well as the effects of buoyancy, spin, and the shape of moving objects.
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Add to Cart Formatively Assessing NGSS
The Science Teacher, Feb 19
Three models of formative assessment for addressing NGSS domains
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Add to Cart Let’s Invent!
The Science Teacher, Feb 19
Invention activities are creative, engaging, and relevant ways to integrate engineering design into science class. High school students are capable of creating working prototypes of real, patentable inventions when they are working on problems about which they are passionate about; these types of projects can be classified as place-based and authentic inquiry. Two activities are included herein to provide entry points to integrate invention within the science classroom and to allow students to develop as inventors. This practice can prepare students for other invention opportunities within their schools and communities.
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Add to Cart Proxy Climatology
The Science Teacher, Feb 19
Using proxy data to make claims about climate change
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Add to Cart Using Scientific Argumentation to Understand Human Impact on the Earth
The Science Teacher, Feb 19
Using High-Adventure Science to help students develop critical thinking and scientific argumentation skills
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