Looking for practical and powerful tools for teaching science? A framework that ensures instruction is rigorous and equitable for students from all backgrounds? Then you must add the book, Ambitious Science Teaching, to your resource library. Co-author Dr. Melissa Braaten joins our show today and discusses modelling tools and productive talk moves to use in your K-12 science classrooms.
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"That's the powerful work of science education. It's being able to feel like you understand something in a way that you hadn't understood it before." [23:54-30:02] -Dr. Melissa Braaten
"If we can help redistribute whose ideas get to count as good ideas in the classroom, we can really do some justice work for kids who've always had great ideas, they just haven't been recognized publicly before." [38:56-39:11] Dr. Melissa Braaten
"What we've learned over and over again is that students are capable of much more than we think they are. And if we lock them in to our structures as teacher, we are going to count kids out. We are going to exclude good ideas. So we have to make structures that are flexible and allow us to recognize brilliance when it pops up." [43:45-44:09]
"As teachers, we can shift our perspective a little bit to be able to see how kids are making really big leaps and really big growth in their own sense making. We don't need to measure against the canonical idea all the time. Couldn't we just take it as a good idea on it's own?" [47:05-47:23] Dr. Melissa Braaten
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