2023 Kansas City National Conference

October 25-28, 2023

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FILTERS APPLIED:9 - 12, Presentation, Students and Sensemaking, Literacy


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CSSS: Teaching Climate Through a Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Lens

Thursday, October 26 • 3:40 PM - 4:40 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - 3501 F

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Teaching climate change in diverse contexts often means we need to meet communities where they are at and teach through concerns that are central to their lives. The SDGs provide a framework of 17 central goals that help to foster thriving and sustainable communities. The SDGs are a global framework that is used across many different nations to raise awareness and engage people in action around critical needs for fostering thriving communities. This session will explore the SDG framework and its connections to climate literacy principles. Participants will be supported to consider examples of how this framework can be used for teaching students about sustainability, climate solutions, and green economy transitions that are critical to our shared future. We will draw on resources and experiences from partner organizations across the nation and the world. "

1. Be able to describe the SDGs Framework 2. Explore the interrelationships between the SDG Framework and climate literacy principles 3. Consider connection points with the SDG Framework to your own teaching

Deb Morrison (Educator and Learning Scientist: Seattle, WA), Brian Mandell (Smithsonian Science Education Center: Washington, DC), Molly Talbot (Louisiana Dept. of Education: Baton Rouge, LA)

Incorporating Appendix H into Lessons to Build Skills in the Nature of Science

Saturday, October 28 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2503 A

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This is the google drive folder that contains the slide show, resources, student activities, copies of theory/law/fact pyramid, handouts for organizing theories, science reasoning vs. motivated reasoning, and Nature of Science Help Sheet for students.

STRAND: Students and Sensemaking

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We’re all passionate about science, and part of that passion stems from the fact that no other discipline is exploring the entire physical universe and making sense of our world. No other discipline can make predictions as accurately as science can! It’s so powerful and engaging that some misunderstand it and use it for purposes it isn't intended to be used for. Some even manipulate our students’ misunderstandings of what science is, creating enough confusion that our students believe in junk science, disinformation, or even deny science! As science educators, we sometimes get distracted by all the minutia on our plates and do not directly incorporate the NGSS Appendix H: Understanding the Scientific Enterprise in our work. Students find joy in “debunking” bad science and become future citizens who can sniff out scientific misinformation. We'll enhance activities with the scientific thinking that is developed from a deeper understanding of the nature of science.

Become familiar with NGSS Appendix H and use it to enhance your classroom activities to develop sensemaking skills that help your students to identify logical fallacies and misinformation that are used in sloppy science, disinformation, and science denial in their everyday experiences.

Ericca Thornhill (Mizzou Academy: Columbia, MO)

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