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The word on the street these days is Design. It comes up in terms like ‘design thinking’ and ‘design process’. Educators are increasingly being urged to use design in their professional practice and to teach …

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Articles by Ken Elliott

Ken Elliott, is a retired science educator. For 42 years, he was a science teacher, science consultant and school administrator. His last job was a school board administrator in charge of implementing Quebec's new science and technology programs. In 2013 he graduated from McGill University with a PhD in Science Education. His topic was the implementation of Applied Science and Technology in Quebec high schools.

Sphere of Influence: The role of Science and Technology consultants

January 11, 2018 – 1:43 pm | One Comment | 587 views

Science teaching is a demanding and rapidly changing profession. Our many dedicated Science and Technology teachers work hard to prepare meaningful lessons and develop activities to promote student understanding of the scientific method and the …

Myth busting – Teaching to discriminate fake science from real science

February 16, 2017 – 10:08 am | 13 Comments | 1,390 views

When I was a teenager I remember my mother, herself a research scientist at the time, advising me that it was not how much science you knew that was important. Rather it was how to …

Productive Failure in Science Learning

November 22, 2016 – 5:14 pm | 6 Comments | 3,412 views

Has this ever happened to you? Some time ago I was putting together a bathroom cabinet kit following the Ikea instructions as carefully as I could. When I was close to completion, having struggled and …

Effective Science Teaching: A Tale of Two Teachers

March 9, 2016 – 3:19 pm | 7 Comments | 1,794 views

Over many years of teaching science myself and working with science teachers, I have come across many great teachers who guided their students to be successful learners and often inspired them to become scientists themselves. …

Applied Science and Technology – An idea whose time has come

January 26, 2016 – 2:23 pm | 9 Comments | 2,157 views

A few years ago I had the pleasure of observing Secondary 4 (Grade 10) classes in the Montreal area as part of my PhD research into the implementation of a then new and different program …

Science Misconceptions – How Should Teachers Deal With Them?

November 20, 2015 – 1:09 pm | 2 Comments | 2,872 views

We’ve all heard or expressed the common teacher refrain or some variation of “I taught it to them so many times and in so many different ways and yet they still got it wrong on …

How Should we Assess Students in Inquiry-based Science?

September 29, 2015 – 3:25 pm | 5 Comments | 1,649 views

The school year has begun and science teachers are working hard to develop and enact their inquiry-based programs. They are mindful of the fact that they have to not only assess their students’ progress as …

Science Fairs: Yea or Nay?

April 7, 2015 – 4:07 pm | 10 Comments | 2,659 views

This post was co-written with Heather McPherson.
What has been your experience with science fairs? Tell us below or tweet @learnquebec.ca
Traditionally winter is science fair season and students here in Quebec and all across North America …

What Motivates Students to Want to Learn Science?

March 17, 2015 – 10:51 am | 10 Comments | 4,850 views

How do you motivate your students to learn more about science? Tell us below or tweet @learnquebec.
Imagine that the bell rings to end your science class and you hear groans from your students. “Do we have …

Is “The Scientific Method” Good Enough for Today’s Science Classroom?

January 13, 2015 – 4:45 pm | 4 Comments | 2,432 views

Do you think The Scientific Method is too linear or too rigid for the science classroom? Tell us below or tweet @learnquebec.
I had the privilege of attending a talk given by Dr. Joe Schwartz at …