Four Essential Questions
At the National Science Teachers Association’s (NSTA) national meeting in San Francisco on Friday, I got to meet a few School of Rock Alumni. Thanks for the tips on what to expect and bring. I felt compelled to attend because I’ve never had the opportunity to attend an NSTA meeting and it was in my local area. Squeezing it in between packing and getting everything else in order for a 30 day absence was well worth it. With thoughts of Japan in the aftermath of the earthquake and the threat of the tsunami on our coast, the buzz of teachable moments and relevance of understanding Earth sciences was in the air of the Moscone Center with 15,000 science teachers.
One of the highlights of the day was Professor Arthur Eiesenkraft of University of Massachusetts Boston. He spoke of Four Essential Questions that I will be using as a framework for my blogs on the CRISP expedition.
What does it mean?
How do we know?
Why do we believe?
Why should I care?
These questions are essential because they help learners understand the purpose of the work, the relevance to themselves and the world, and the nature of science. There are many ways of knowing and science is one way. Our questions as science teachers reflect this way of knowing. On the CRISP expedition we will investigate the geologic history of the region and earthquake nucleation in a subduction zone. The earthquake in Japan reminds us of why we do care about subduction and earthquakes.