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- Paul is meeting in Helena again
- Wow your students with a Staple-free Stapler
- Paul has found “Lab Out Loud”, another science educator podcast
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This Week's Topic: Topics that are difficult to teach
- If you missed Chi K’s survey up above here’s another link.
- How do we teach difficult topics?
- How do we get kids to learn things that they can’t see?
- Molecular visualization helps SO much.
- “The Machinery of Life” by Dr. David Goodsell
- What DNA replication “looks” like.
- Representing reactions with particle diagrams.
- PhET simulations.
- What a gravitational wave is.
- Differences between novices and experts.
- What a metal is.
- David’s newFRQ scaffolding structure.
- Clonal Selection as Natural Selection
- What is the narrative structure of your course?
- Should teachers keep a list of student conceptual struggles from year to year?
- David has survey data to demonstrate that his preferred phrasing of America’s favorite frozen tasty treat is certainly in the minority (and has never been in the majority), but he also got a great picture of the high-achieving learners in his school.
- “David” vs. “Paul”
- The recommended way of dealing with squirrels