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 Many scientists are engaged in teaching in various contexts. Consequently, they have developed and shared a range of pedagogical ideas and resources that may prove useful to a teacher seeking to include science in the theology or religious studies classroom.

 

  • The National Science Foundation also collaborated in the development of the website Understanding How Science Really Works. The site is specifically designed for educators from kindergarten to college who are seeking to develop engaging and effective lesson pans that help students learn what science is and how it works. Their many useful resources include a section of essays on various misconceptions about science that may prove useful in the theology classroom (e.g. “Science contradicts the existence of God” and “Scientists are atheists”).
     
  • The National Science Teachers Association hosts a massive learning center of pedagogical resources that are searchable or can be browsed by topic or grade level (elementary through college). Several of the online interactive lessons are designed for science teachers to better understand the science they teach and common student misconceptions and how to counter them. You can create a free account in which to collect the resources that interest you, many of which are free. The lessons are useful for instructors and some have potential as assignments for students.
     
  • Also, NASA Wavelength is an online directory to education resources for earth and space science at all educational levels, searchable by topic of educational level.
     
  • National Geographic has an extensive website including this section devotes to science education including lesson plans and activities.
     
  • The Smithsonian Institute website has a section for educators.
     
  • The Society of Science and the Public hosts a website that includes a section specifically for teachers.

 

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[2] Wise Hok Wai Lum , https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48845870
[3]Gaurav Pandit  https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4205814
[4]Xuan Che  https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4829112