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Infusing (Critical) Thinking Into [Science] Lessons

This article has tips for teachers of any discipline and sample activities with examples of student work.

GREAT group of people attended my "Tricks from an Old Dog" session 12/5/14 at the NSTA/CSTA conference in Long Beach, CA. Seating for 50. SRO with a dozen in the doorway as well. All 100 handouts and over that many business cards handed out. I'm very thankful for the graciousness of my fellow teachers. Thanks to colleague, Ryan Garcia for this shot. He was a door-stuffer!

Past Activity

I presented two sessions at the NSTA National Convention in Chicago, IL in 2015.


Performing Pedagogical Alchemy:

Transforming Leaden Labs into Golden Opportunities

 for Student Learning at 8:00 AM


They’ve Inquired: How Do I Know What They Know?

at 9:30 AM
















Both session are in the

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel

Room Jackson Park A

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The #1 Reason Why Your Students Hate Science

(and The #1 Way You Can Change That!)



The author of this paper is Dr. Chuck Downing, the nation's leading expert on engaging students in science. A classroom teacher and college professor for 40 years, Dr. Downing has an undergraduate degree in life science from San Diego State University, a Masters Degree from University of Redlands, and a PhD from Walden University, in Minneapolis.


Dr. Downing is the author of Cranial Creations In Life Science and Cranial Creations in Physical Science, both available from J. Weston Walch, Publishers and AP* Biology - Inquiry-Based Laboratory Investigations and Activities with Critical Thinking and Writing Skills, published by People's Education. He also has developed classroom laboratory activities: Coleslaw Chemistry for Science Kit, a forensics kit, Mystery at 323 Maple St. for Ward’s Biological. He has developed three simulations, also published by Science Kit: Descendent Discs, a genetic simulation; Kinesthetic Protein Synthesis and Cruising The Circulatory System, kinesthetic activities demonstrating processes and relationships. Biome Bags, another Science Kit product, is an inquiry activity on biomes and biodiversity. Dr. Downing is a frequent speaker at state, regional, and national science conferences. He has worked as a consultant for school districts and special programs across the United States.

Most recently, Dr. Downing has had published four science fiction novels: Traveler's HOT L-The Time Traveler's Resort (Winner for Best Science Fiction Book from USABookNews.com), Traveler's HOT L Volume Two-New Tales from the Time Traveler's Resort, RIFTS-A Science Fiction Thriller, and The Observers-A Science Fiction Odyssey. He is also the co-author of a book on transforming your teaching: Tune Up Your Teaching & Turn On Student Learning

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