Teaching Climate Science Using a Local Phenomenon: Harmful Algal Blooms

Climate science is inherently interdisciplinary and complex. Physical processes at a molecular level cascade upward to drive global-scale events. Decisions at a local level impact the health of the global population. How can we effectively teach a topic as complicated as climate science to middle-school students? We did by focusing on a local phenomenon that … Continue reading Teaching Climate Science Using a Local Phenomenon: Harmful Algal Blooms

A Science Communication Intervention: Audience and Framing

I am currently intervening in an undergraduate-level science course. Along with the basic science, students will learn how to communicate their ideas and perspectives effectively. Here’s what we are discussing this week: Audience and Framing. We all have a unique perspective, and everything your audience sees and hears is filtered through their perspective, regardless of what … Continue reading A Science Communication Intervention: Audience and Framing

A Science Communication Intervention: Demonstration

I am currently intervening in an undergraduate-level science course. Along with the basic science, students will learn how to communicate their ideas and perspectives effectively. Here’s what we are discussing this week: Demonstration. Readers are naturally skeptical. You have to earn their trust by demonstrating that you have a reason to make a claim, both … Continue reading A Science Communication Intervention: Demonstration

A Science Communication Intervention: Jargon

I am currently intervening in an undergraduate-level science course. Along with the basic science, students will learn how to communicate their ideas and perspectives effectively. Here’s what we are discussing this week: Jargon. What is jargon? Jargon refers to words or expressions that are specific to a discipline and may be difficult for “outsiders” to … Continue reading A Science Communication Intervention: Jargon

A Science Communication Intervention: Word Choice

I am currently intervening in an undergraduate-level science course. Along with the basic science, students will learn how to communicate their ideas and perspectives effectively. Here’s what we are discussing this week: Word Choice. Lesson 1: Passive vs. Active Voice Active voice is more impactful than passive voice. Lesson 2: Over-Used, Flowery, and Cliché Language … Continue reading A Science Communication Intervention: Word Choice

A Science Communication Intervention: Purpose and Paragraph Structure

I am currently intervening in an undergraduate-level science course. Along with the basic science, students will learn how to communicate their ideas and perspectives effectively. Here's what we are discussing this week: Purpose and Paragraph Structure. Lesson 1: Purpose When we write, we want our readers to read, grasp, and remember our purpose. How can … Continue reading A Science Communication Intervention: Purpose and Paragraph Structure

A Science Communication Intervention: Sentence Structure

I am currently intervening in an undergraduate-level science course. Along with the basic science, students will learn how to communicate their ideas and perspectives effectively. Here's what we are discussing this week: Sentence Structure. “Short sentences aren’t hard to make. The difficulty is forcing yourself to keep them short.   There are innumerable ways to … Continue reading A Science Communication Intervention: Sentence Structure