Ep147: Good Thinking! The Science of Teaching Science

August 13, 2015

Episode #147 features an interview with Marjee Chmiel, the Associate Director of Curriculum and Communications for Smithsonian Institution, to discuss the launch of Good Thinking! The Science of Teaching Science -- a free, engaging and entertaining new web series designed to support science educators which addresses the need for accessible professional development tools that help teachers break down barriers to understanding scientific principles and increase their classroom skills. A first-of-its-kind series, Good Thinking! comprises short, animated videos that explore pedagogical ideas across a range of subject-matter topics like energy, cells, and gravity as well as cognitive research findings on topics like student motivation or the myth of left- and right-brained people. Good Thinking! shines a light on the classroom and pedagogical challenges teachers face, and provides solid, science-based ideas that keep their teaching on track. The series enhances K-8 science education and deepens understanding of STEM topics, for teachers and students alike. Melissa Bugaj, a special education teacher who team teaches in a Conceptual Physics class also participates as a special guest host. This episode is sponsored by the book, The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools).

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