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August 31

Our assigned reading for this week was the first chapter of our book, Teaching Science for Social Justice. This chapter provided a basic overview of what will be discussed in later chapters as well as the main goal of the book. This book tells stories to “make a case for how doing science and working together to make changes in the community are intertwined in the ideal of using science as a formative tool for generating personal and community change.” Real-life stories help students connect to scientific concepts that may otherwise be abstract or uninteresting to them. As a group, we are curious as to how stories can be used effectively to teach science.

Questions for next week:

  • What is the effectiveness of using a story as a tool in the classroom?
  • How do we make science relevant for students from all backgrounds?

Next week’s reading assignment: Chapter 2- Learning with Urban Youth