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New materials for science make effective teaching easier

One frustrating part of being a teacher: Hearing ideas for your kids that sound great but are just too hard in practice.

Take giving students opportunities for “authentic practice.” That is, assignments where students produce something just like employees in a job.

I work at Battelle, a company built on collaborations between scientists, engineers, and clients. Here, effective communication of complex ideas is essential to keeping the lights on.

In my work, I see everyday that the ability to read and write is just as important as technical skills. Our schools must provide opportunities for students to practice reading and writing in the disciplines so that they have access to whatever career path inspires them.