I’ve already written about my love of story-telling in science teaching when extolling the virtues of Carl Sagan as a Great Explainer. Not only does a story tell the human experience behind scientific discoveries, making them less dry, but I am convinced that they help young students remember and recall more information. We have evolved over thousands of years as creatures of oral story-telling.
The #ScienceStories project therefore aims to write down some interesting stories of scientific discoveries and the scientists that made them. The #ScienceStories project is inspired by Mr Pink’s amazing #50allusions project where he and twitter’s Team English have written a series of posts on common literary allusions which students may or may not be aware of, with a view to improving their literacy and their cultural capital.
I hope that the #ScienceStories will produce a flexible resource that can be used in a number of different ways. The sheets could be read by the teacher before the lesson as inspiration to tell the story. Or the sheets could be used with specific lessons linked to those concepts, as introductory, or extension tasks. Or cover lessons to prepare students for the next topic. I also plan to put together several related stories as mini extension booklets to use in mixed KS3 classes to stretch, challenge and inspire pupils who have completed tasks or who are seeking extra homework (these kids do exist, especially in KS3, and we should be finding ways to stimulate them).
Like #50allusions, I’d like this to be a team effort, but one with a common format so that they can be put together in a coherent booklet if necessary. You can volunteer yourself and which story you’d like to write on this spreadsheet. You can also download a blank proforma (EDIT: .doc blank proforma, now as this seemed easier) to write your story, or if you want to email me (ww9066 at gmail dot com), then I don’t mind collating and editing them. Once you have completed stories you can add them to the #ScienceStories folder on Google Drive, where they’ll be available for everyone to download.
Like the #50allusions, I suggest our #ScienceStories are two pages long, the first an overview of the story with a picture or two, with questions and reflections on the reverse, and then some extension questions and where students can find further reading. Take a look at some of the amazing allusions for more inspiration, which you should also pass on to your English Department.
Reckon we can have this ready to go for September, don’t you?