Definitely Not Luke Skywalker

Episode 27 · March 3rd, 2021 · 38 mins 42 secs

About this Episode

As part of our on-going discussion of the Cross Cutting Concepts in the NGSS, we examine Scale, Proportion and Quantity in this week's episode. We discuss the challenges with teaching these concepts and provide some solutions as well. Here are some of the resources we share in this episode:

Next Generation Science Standards
Cross Cutting Concepts (pdf download)
Powers of Ten
Zoom Book by Istvan Banyai

We also discuss some research on students' challenge with scale including:
Tretter, T.R., Jones, M.G., Andre, T., Negishi, A., & Minogue, J. (2006). Conceptual boundaries and distances: Students’ and experts’ concepts of the scale of scientific phenomena. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 43 (3), 282–319.

Which can be downloaded at:

In our discussion, we compare how the students' development sense of scale can be compared to science knowledge outlined in A Private Universe

Need some prompts for talking scale, proportion and quantity with your students? Check out:

Things that bring us joy this week:
Premier League Soccer
The Flight Attendant on HBOMax

Intro/Outro Music: Notice of Eviction by Legally Blind
Production assistance by Enzo Dreon

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