Dr. Scott McDonald is a Professor of Science Education at The Pennsylvania State University and Director of the Krause Studios for Innovation in the PSU College of Education. He received his undergraduate degree in Physics. He was high school Physics teacher for six years before returning for a Ph.D. in Learning Technologies and Science Education at the University of Michigan. Dr. McDonald takes a design-based approach to research focuses on science teacher learning and student learning in the geosciences. He researches teacher learning, framed as professional pedagogical vision for ambitious and equitable science teaching practices. His current projects, in collabortion with Amy Pallant and Hee-Sun Lee at the Concord Consortium include The Geological Models for Explorations of Dynamic Earth (GEODE), GeoHazard: Modeling Natural Hazards and Assessing Risks project, and Geological Construction of Rock Arrangements from Tectonics: Systems Modeling Across Scales (GeoCRAFT).
Scott McDonald has hosted 134 Episodes.
Episode 21: Outsiders and Turning 21
January 20th, 2021 | Season 1 | 43 mins 41 secs
In our 21st episode, we talk about Bryan Brown's book, Science in the City: Culturally Relevant STEM Education (Ch. 5) and discuss how language is tied to identity. We also examine the stress from being an outsider.
Episode 20: Out With The Bad Air
January 13th, 2021 | Season 1 | 43 mins 22 secs
This week we talk about Bryan Brown's book, Science in the City: Culturally Relevant STEM Education (Ch. 4).
Episode 19: Lessons Learned for 2021
January 6th, 2021 | Season 1 | 43 mins 26 secs
Our New Year's Edition. We take a week off from Bryan Brown's book to talk about what we learned from 2020 that we can apply to the new year.
Episode 18: Whorfian Complidiss
December 30th, 2020 | Season 1 | 43 mins 38 secs
This week we talk about Bryan Brown's book, Science in the City: Culturally Relevant STEM Education (Ch. 3).
Episode 17: Guess What's In My Head
December 23rd, 2020 | Season 1 | 44 mins 23 secs
This week we talk about Bryan Brown's book, Science in the City: Culturally Relevant STEM Education (Ch. 2).
Episode 16: That Stereotype is Indexical
December 16th, 2020 | Season 1 | 44 mins 21 secs
This week we talk about Bryan Brown's book, Science in the City: Culturally Relevant STEM Education (Introduction and Chapter 1).
Bonus Episode: Join Our In-Between Book Club
December 10th, 2020 | Season 1 | 3 mins 7 secs
Starting with episode 16 we will be doing a chapter by chapter discussion of Bryan Brown's book "Science in the City: Culturally Relevant STEM Education", so grab a copy and read along with us.
Episode 15: Dropping the Milieu
December 9th, 2020 | Season 1 | 38 mins 47 secs
We talk about how to think about keeping kids engaged so that we can build on their ideas to make class engaging and productive.
Episode 14: Show Me Your Core Competencies
December 2nd, 2020 | Season 1 | 42 mins 58 secs
What we wish we had learned from our science teachers.
Episode 13: The Nerdiest Draft Ever!
November 25th, 2020 | Season 1 | 48 mins 55 secs
NGSS Draft Day
Episode 12: Fear the E
November 18th, 2020 | Season 1 | 46 mins 20 secs
We talk about the IRE pattern of talk, questions, and talking with students in ways that get us to the classroom climate we want, but is so hard in remote environments.
Episode 11: Plum Pudding and Fools' Errands
November 11th, 2020 | Season 1 | 43 mins 34 secs
We talk about assessment - formative v. summative, as well as how to think about it in the in-between.
Episode 10: N is National not Next
November 4th, 2020 | Season 1 | 34 mins 37 secs
We talk about the new National Academies report on "Teaching K-12 Science and Engineering During a Crisis".
Episode 9: Phenomena (Do do do do do)
October 28th, 2020 | Season 1 | 36 mins 14 secs
This week we talk about the key nature of phenomena and how they are not science concepts and also how to think about engaging kids with them when not face-to-face.
Episode 8: Up Your Explanatory Quotient
October 21st, 2020 | Season 1 | 37 mins 27 secs
How do you think about laboratory experiences outside of a face to face environment?
Episode 7: Death March with Fun Sauce
October 14th, 2020 | Season 1 | 50 mins 4 secs
Ollie and Scott answer the question, "What do you teach?".