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is a collection of classroom lessons to help high school
biology teachers more effectively teach basic concepts in the
areas of evolution and the nature of science. They were
developed and tested during nine years of summer institutes by biology
teachers from across the nation.
SITE INTEGRITY is maintained through the oversight by
the three co-directors of ENSI:
Dr. Jean Beard (Biology Ed.)
Dr. Craig E. Nelson (Biology)
Dr. Martin Nickels (Anthropology)
and continuous feedback from the many ENSI and SENSI teachers, professors and other users of this
site. Check the People
section for photos and bios of these people.
We are especially grateful to theNational
Science Foundation for funding these institutes over the years and
for extending that funding to the development and maintenance of this web
site (NSF/TPE: 88-555-60 and 90-555-85 to
Indiana University, and 91-552-59 to San Jose State University). We are
also grateful to Indiana University for allowing us the use of their web
server to make this material freely available to teachers.
Nature of Science at Work
New tool for teaching climate change:
PowerPoint presentation showing
how most atmospheric CO2
comes from burning fossil fuels.
DAY IS COMING
- Darwin's birthday - is coming soon. Plan to have your classes celebrate
this day in several special ways. Click
here for suggestions
1. Exciting new
alternative to our Skulls Lab:
developed and tested by two talented biology teachers in New Orleans,
inviting teachers and students to "Be a Paleontologist for a
The ENSI Chronology Lab completely updated:
where students plot the fossil discoveries of our hominin
history, with new instructions, new data tables, and a new chronology
chart to plot.
Dinosaur Evolution: (nowhere near human evolution!)
If you plan to be in the SF Bay Area March 4th, plan to attend the UCMP Short Course at UC
Berkeley: New look at old bones, new insights on dinosaur growth,
development and diversity. See
TO Footsteps in Time
9. HHMI BioInteractive
activity (based on our topo trackway):
"Human Feet Are Strange"
10. BREAKING NEWS: New Footprints from Laetoli
11. DEEPER CHALLENGE: was there a fourth individual???
Update: An excellent and convenient
resource on astrology can be found on the Center for Inquiry (CSI)
The article "Does
Astrology Need to Be True? A Thirty Year Update" by Geoffrey Dean appeared
in the July/August 2016 issue of the Skeptical Inquirer magazine, pp.
38-45. This article would be most helpful if you help your students to
deal with pseudosciences, e.g., astrology and
homeopathy (discussed in the student e-text
Surprises: Exploring the Nature of Science - the 4th
dimension of NGSS).
Denial: In that same issue (and also
available on the CSI website) is the article "A
Skeptical Response to Science Denial" by John Cook. The author
points out "Science denial has significant consequences. AIDS
denial caused over 300,000 deaths in South Africa. Vaccination denial has
allowed preventable diseases to make a comeback. Climate science denial
helped delay sorely needed mitigation policies, committing us to direr
climate impacts for decades to come." (Emphasis added). Reading this
article would be most helpful as you encounter students who deny
evolution, climate change, and vaccinations. See our e-text Science Surprises:
Exploring the Nature of Science for more information on
dealing with science denial.
23 July 2016
HAVE YOU HEARD OF
This is a growing field,
becoming a part of the training for
medical professionals across the country.
HERE IS ANOTHER REASON FOR
ESPECIALLY HUMAN EVOLUTION,
AND TEACHING IT EFFECTIVELY
HERE for more information on
Then, make some room in your evolution unit
for including lessons on human evolution
You owe it to any prospective doctors, nurses
and other public health providers in your classes.
You also owe it to all of your students,
as prospective patients.
Note: the NGSS include important basic standards
there is nothing about human evolution.However,
nothing prevents using human evolution to meet those standards.
. 27 May
EXCELLENT TOOLS for
EVO Teacher Guide: Ten Questions
Everyone Should Ask About Evolution: With
DVD/Video of 10 video segments (~11' each). 2012 (added 2016). Gold Medal
Film, highly rated by NABT, available from NSTA.
as Fact AND Theory:
Discussion of why evolution can be presented as both fact (reality) AND
theory. Spin-off from EVO Teacher Guide.
of Evolution: Links to the many
examples of evolution.
NOTICE - URGENT
Evo 101 Workshop for Science Educators
Friday June 17th, 2016 Austin,
8:30am - 4
Session: The Secret Life of Dinosaurs and the Origin of Birds
Session: Declawing the Dinosaurs: Lowering Teacher
Anxiety about Evolution in the Science Classroom
Session: Carl Zimmer: The Surviving Branch: How Genomes Are Revealing
The Twisted Course of Human Evolution
CLICK HERE FOR
21 April 2016
Gold Medal Film on Evolution
Center for Science Education and Hummingbird Films
has a special offer for teachers at Title 1 middle and high schools
- a free
copy of the DVD EVO. This
film takes you through the top 10 questions everyone should ask about
evolution. The American Biology Teacher magazine called Evo a "must-have...a picture book of evolution,
crammed with remarkable images and well-known narrators."
else will you receive?
sign up to receive the Evo DVD, you'll be
signed up for NCSEteach, the teacher network of
the National Center for Science Education, a nonprofit organization
devoted to defending the integrity of science education. NCSEteach members gain access to scientists for their
classrooms, vetted materials and professional development
opportunities. Supplies of the DVDs are limited, so it is first-come
first-serve, but membership in NCSEteach is not
limited! This is a non-transferable offer, although if you want to
recommend a science teacher colleague at your school, please send his/her
name and e-mail address to us. Sign up now!
And, a Teachers
Guide for this video is
available from NSTA for $15.95
29 January 2016
SEE OUR ANNUAL REPORT for
Including two 31 December Announcements there:
HHMI-BioInteractive's New Lesson:
FEET ARE STRANGE
The Smithsonian's Traveling Exhibit:
14 January 2016
the 2016 Evolution Film Festival
Scientists and science educators of all stripes —
students, postdocs, faculty, and full- or part-time science communicators
— are invited to enter the Sixth Annual Evolution Video Competition,
sponsored by the Duke Initiative for Science & Society, the Howard
Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Society
for the Study of Evolution (SSE) and the BEACON Center for the Study of
Evolution in Action.
First- and second-place winners will receive up to
$1,000 and $500, respectively. The deadline to submit your video(s)
is TUESDAY, MAY 31st, 2016 (11:00 PM, EST). For more
information (and to see entries from previous years) please visit evolutionfilmfestival.org or
contact Jory Weintraub
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