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Amber Lancaster, Students Voices
May 07

Scientist Voices,
In this piece, we see several portions of Science teacher Amber Lancaster’s lesson on evolution. One of her objectives is to develop her students’ “scientist voices,” so in the first part of the lesson, when a student develops a theory that sweat causes hair to grow, she does not immediately say he is wrong but instead pushes his thinking. Near the end of this piece, at time 05:20, we see a debate among students about which finches they are studying are related to one another. Ms. Lancaster reminds students that “science is not democratic” and encourages them to support their opinions with scientific reasoning, thus supporting student voice in a format appropriate to the science classroom.