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What is Science?
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What’s the goal of science? Is there a core or fundamental goal?
So, how do you do science?
Who does science? Do you need to be … a professional scientist?
Is science an emotional process? Is it a natural outgrowth of innate curiosity?

What Is Science Education?
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Is science education about content? Process? Journey? Interdisciplinary exploration? Are some of these characteristics more fundamental than others?
Are there core characteristics of good science education that are unique to science education?
Is there a distinction between what science education ought to be and how it is typically taught as required by local, state, and national standards and curricula?

What’s Your Take: What if science teachers could do science ed their way?
If science teachers had full rein over defining the science curriculum and the pedagogical approach in the science classroom, what would science education look like in the classroom? How would it be different than what is typical today?

It’s Time For The Monthly #Scichat Free-for-All
Discuss anything you want related to science education and science! (This should be interesting.)

If I can Google science content in seconds, what should be the appropriate focus on content in science education?
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Should content acquisition be the goal?
How should we determine what content students need to learn?

Learning through Inquiry and the Scientific Method
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What is “Inquiry-based Learning”?
What do we usually think of as the “Scientific Method?” Is it rigid recipe or art form?
Do We Teach the Scientific Method Correctly?
Do scientists use the scientific method as we teach it?
Does science own the scientific method?


Hey! What’s the difference between Science and Engineering, and Scientists and Engineers?

Shouldn’t scientists, engineers and teachers be heroes to our children too?

What is the Nature of a Scientific Theory?

Intelligent Design and the Science Classroom

Science and Religion
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What’s the difference between a scientific conclusion and a religious belief?
What is ‘evidence’ in science versus ‘evidence’ in religion?
Are science and religion in conflict?
If a student asks about Intelligent Design in a science class, how would you address it and why?


What’s Your Take Topics

What’s Your Take?
Who’s classroom is the science classroom? The teacher’s or the student’s? Why?

What’s your take?
How Do We Ensure Science is Part of an Interdisciplinary Landscape in Our School Districts, Schools, and Classrooms?
You might chat up:

Engaging reading, writing, history, art

What’s Your Take?
What is the intense focus on testing doing to science education and the science classroom experience?

What Your Take?
Should science education provide authentic research experiences that mirror professional research? If so, what might these experiences be?

What’s your take?
As soon as a science teacher hands procedures to a class for how to do an experiment, he/she has just ensured science will not be done that day. Do you agree?

What’s your take?
What are the Current Hurdles in Our Science Classrooms, and your Proposed Solutions?

In the Classroom Series Topics

The Big Bang in the Classroom

Evolution in the Classroom

Climate Change in the Classroom


Special Session Topics

Special Session: ask a climate change expert
Guest Tweeps: TBD

Special Session: ask an astronomer
Guest Tweeps: TBD

Special Session: ask a geologist
Guest Tweeps: TBD

Special Session: ask an extraterrestrial planet hunter
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Special Session: ask a renewable energy expert
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Great Debate Topics

The Great Debate I: climate change – is it human induced

The Great Debate II: does ET exist?

The Great Debate III: space exploration – with robots or humans or … both?