Taking Science Out of the Classroom

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Disengagement: You know what it looks like. Texting under the desk, looking out the window, passing notes (not the lecture-related kind). Every science educator has struggled at some point with connecting with students—at every age and level. Too often, lectures and notes become de rigueur. We also know that what happens in the real world doesn’t always easily translate to the classroom. A special issue of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching cobbles together some of the best articles on why teachers should Just Say No to the whiteboard and lectern and think outside the classroom for the best teaching returns.

Here’s how some have put the ideas into practice.

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