Connect Students through Scientific Inquiry

The following is a guest post from Jodie Deinhammer. Jodie is a science teacher at Coppell Middle School East in Dallas, TX. She has created global projects that connected teachers and students in celebration of World Water Day and Earth Day 2017, which generated over 1,400 videos and 125 hours of engagement.

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In middle school science, we often focus on scientific misconceptions. Our students get so much of their information about the world from social media that is often misleading and not truthful. Why is what you see in the media not always credible? How do you know what to believe when you read two articles on the same topic with completely opposite opinions?

My goal this year is to focus in on scientific misconceptions in the media and help my students become responsible consumers of information. I want them to know when they are being misled or tricked into believing something that isn’t scientifically backed.

Our grid this year, Imagine, will focus on scientific hot topics, many of which focus around the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Students will be asked a debatable question and learn how to conduct scientific research in place of just Googling. They will then answer the question and support their statement with credible science. We hope to get feedback from other students around the world as well as experts in the field.

Some of our topics for the year include questions about sugar and memory, performance enhancing drugs, designer babies, climate change, and habitat destruction. Topics will derive from classroom content or current media subject and will be added once every two weeks or so. When you visit the grid, click Follow and you'll be notified whenever I post something new. 

When you have a chance, check out the grid at flipgrid.com/imagine (or enter code 'imagine' in the Flipgrid app). We would love for you to join us as we share the truth behind popular scientific misconceptions!