As science teachers, it is our job to have our students think critically and dive deep into scientific knowledge. A big focus on our classes today is scientific argumentation. It is important to have our students find solid, fact-based evidence and back up their findings. There are many different misconceptions in the field of science; but in this post, I want to focus on one big issue in the world of biology: evolution.
This video clearly states ways evolution has been taught and how the general public can view this concept.
What is there to do?
Science can be miscommunicated and taken the wrong way ALL the time. When it comes to evolution, many people don’t understand the concept itself OR they just will not see eye-to-eye with the teacher.
While as science teachers, we want to teach our students the science behind all of our knowledge and information that has been collected over the years, we want to be sensitive to our students beliefs. Religion might come up as an issue, especially talking about evolution. Evolution may just be a theory to some and others avoid the evidence, we can explain politely that there are many different ways people actually perceive the creation and evolution of life. We just want to explain that there are some different explanations to life than what has been presented to our students, and we will gladly respect that.
“If people evolved from monkeys, then why are there still monkeys?”
How to teach evolution
There are many different ways evolution can be taught and still have your students fully understand and respect your lesson.
- Have a chalk talk about what students think evolution is, then have a discussion about what correct and incorrect perceptions of evolution they have to start with.
- Introduce videos that get the students to understand that evolution is a long process that acts on populations as a whole, not solely on individuals.
- Allow students to draw their conceptual understanding of evolution by using their favorite animal and how they got a unique trait (Example: the evolution of the head of a hammerhead shark)
- Have students do scientific research on evolution using fact-based sources and have them present their findings in a poster.
As teachers, we have a transformative role in teaching students what is REAL science and how to fact-check our sources. Sometimes, you have to believe the “fake news” #evolution #EDT432 #scienceteaching @AnnMacKenzie
— Mr. Seballos (@mr_seballos) February 24, 2019