The Next Generation Science Standards ask students to build and use a model of natural selection to make sense of the biodiversity, past and present, here on our planet.
But how can we engage students in the critical task of asking questions and pursuing their ideas about evolution in the classroom setting? How can we incorporate primary sources and the analysis of actual scientific data into this experience?
Inspired by the recently developed Sense Making Frame of the Sacramento Area Science Project, an article from Understanding Evolution, and an extensive treatise on living fossils from American Scientist magazine I created a new professional development workshop and tried it on with one of my favorite teams of teachers I have had the pleasure to work: the middle and high school science teachers of Imperial Unified School District located just outside of El Centro, California.
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