Writing Assignments

Read the assigned article and determine its connection to how people learn science. Write a short essay on how the article relates to some aspect of the science inquiry learning cycle that we are using. Be sure to identify specific passages from the article and relate them to specific parts of the inquiry learning cycle. How many connections you make is up to you, but each connection should be clearly articulated. The essays need to be thoughtful, but they shouldn't be more than the equivalent of 2-3 typed pages. Provide a complete link or reference so that the instructor can readily refer to the article if needed.

Write your essay in a word processor and then copy and paste it into the form that will appear after you submit your username and the article number or title (e.g. Article #1, Explore vs Experiment, Etc.). This will log you on to the site, you do not have be logged on already (but it is okay if you are).


Here is a list of some articles. You will be assigned #1 and #2. In a third writing assignment you will choose from the other options or find a current article about learning science that interests you. Be sure to reference the title and url of the article in your paper.
  1. "In Science Classrooms, a Blast of Fresh O2" By Natalie Angier, Published: October 30, 2007 - New York Times
  2. "When you say technology, what do you mean?" By Brian Drayton, Published: November 25, 2015 - MSPnet.org
  3. "The enduring power of print for learning in a digital world" By Patricia A. Alexander and Lauren M. Singer, Published: October 3, 2017 - The Conversation
  4. "Learning to Learn: You, Too, Can Rewire Your Brain" By John Schwartz, Published: August 4, 2017 - The New York Times
  5. "Neuromyths and research for teachers and learners" By Brian Drayton, Published: October 24, 2017 - MSPnet.org
  6. "How to Teach Students to Think Like Scientists" By Eric Brunsell, Published: October 26, 2010 - Edutopia
  7. "Building a Better Teacher" By Elizabeth Green, Published: March 2, 2010 - New York Times
  8. "Convergence: Big data, digital texts, and what?" By Brian Drayton , Published: 3 November 2015 - MSPnet Discussion Forum: “Opinions Worth Debating”
  9. "Ray Kurzweil: Memorization is For Robots. People Learn By Doing." By Jason Gots, Published: December 18, 2012 - bigthink.com
  10. "The Curious Case of Polywater" By Joseph Stromberg, Published: 7 November 2013 - SLATE
  11. "In schools, self-esteem boosting is losing favor to rigor, finer-tuned praise" By Michael Alison Chandler, Published: January 15, 2012 - Washington Post
  12. "Start Science Sooner" By The Editors, Published: February 18, 2010 - Scientific American
  13. "Laws of Nature, Source Unknown" By Dennis Overbye, Published: December 18, 2007 - New York Times
  14. "How Science Can Improve Teaching" By Daniel T. Willingham, Published: August 22, 2012 - Scientific American
  15. "Dead Ideas In Teaching" By Maryellen Weimer, Ph.D., Published: November 16, 2012 - Magna Publications
  16. "Time out boosts brains" By Ainslie MacGibbon, Published: August 2, 2010 - The Sydney Morning Herald
  17. "Gold Standard PBL: Essential Project Design Elements" By Buck Institute for Education, Published: 2015
  18. "Next Generation: 5 Ways Science Classes Will Change" By Michael Dhar, Published: October 09, 2013 - LiveScience
  19. "Thinking for the Future" By David Brooks, Published: December 9, 2013 - New York Times
  20. "Can We Teach People What Science Is Really Like?" By Harry Collins , Published: 24 Sept 2015 - COLLINS, H. (2015), Can We Teach People What Science Is Really Like?. Sci. Ed., 99: 1049–1054. doi: 10.1002/sce.21189
  21. "Fast or good? or Whos in charge of ed tech innovation?" By Brian Drayton, Published: December 9, 2014 - MSPnet
  22. "Authentic Intellectual Work and Standardized Tests: Conflict or Coexistence? Improving Chicago's Schools." By Fred M. Newmann, Anthony S. Bryk, and Jenny K Nagaoka, Published: January 2001 - ERIC
  23. "ASA Statement on Using Value-Added Models for Educational Assessment" By The American Statistical Association, Published: April 8, 2014
  24. "What value is added? VAM under review" An MSPnet Discussion by Brian Drayton, Published: April 23, 2015
  25. "The Influence of Teachers’ Knowledge on Student Learning in Middle School Physical Science Classrooms" By Philip Sadler and Gerhard Sonnert, Published: Spring 2013, Posted: 04/06/2016 - American Educational Research Association/MSPnet