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Meet Me In The Middle Webinar Series

Brought to you by NMLSTA and the NSTA Middle Level Teaching Committee

Join Us for Our Upcoming Webinar Featuring Creator of the Website “Thinking is Power” and Associate Professor of Biology at Massasoit Community College in Massachusetts

Thursday, October 13, 2022: 

Teach Skills, Not Facts

7:00 p.m. ET,  6:00 p.m. CT,  5:00 p.m. MT,  4:00 p.m. PT 

Presenter: Melanie Trecek-King is an Associate Professor of Biology at Massasoit Community College in Massachusetts, USA, where after years of teaching science as a body of facts to memorize, she designed a novel general-education science course to teach critical thinking, information literacy, and science literacy skills.  This “skills not facts” approach teaches students how, not what, to think, and equips them with tools to help them make better decisions.

Trecek-King’s passion for science education led her to create, an online resource that provides accessible and engaging critical thinking information to her students, the general public, and other educators.

This presentation explores a novel course designed to teach the essential skills of critical thinking, information literacy, and science literacy and is based on this article in the “Skeptical Inquirer”.

By focusing on the process of science over content, students learn to evaluate evidence for claims. Including pseudoscience and science denial increases engagement, addresses common misconceptions, and teaches students how to recognize characteristics of good science. Activities in which students create misinformation help inoculate them against the real thing. Finally, providing students with a structured toolkit (with lots of practice) helps them apply what they’re learning to the “real world.” 


The presentation will be recorded and placed on the NMLSTA website where it will be available for members.

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