Welcome to Students Talk Science! This blog serves as a platform for teachers to share ideas about students being engaged in productive science discussions in the classroom. It was initiated as part of a professional development activity at the High School Physics and Physical Science Teachers Meeting 2011, hosted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Maine.
The premise for this blog is that initiating and facilitating meaningful scientific discussions in the classroom is immensely rewarding and challenging. The workshop aimed to provide participants with ideas and tools for seeding interesting science discussions with their students and for establishing and maintaining a good culture of discussion, inquiry, and argumentation.
On this blog, we invite participants to share their ideas for engaging students in interesting scientific discussions, and to provide feedback on those ideas once you have tried them in your classroom. We will start off the blog by posting about the ideas for our workshop, and how we were planning to go about facilitating the discussions in the workshop.