Would you like Dr. Bennett to present a workshop for teachers? He has done numerous programs for primary and secondary teachers (as well as college teachers), including local programs, workshops for attendees at the National Science Teachers Association and the annual Space Educators Conference in Houston, and workshops for all the state winners of the National Teacher of the Year Program at Space Camp in Huntsville, AL. With his wide ranging expertise in astronomy, astrobiology, mathematics, and pedagogy, Dr. Bennett can cover a great variety of topics for teachers at all levels. Below are just a few of the many topics he has presented at various conferences and workshops for teachers; contact Dr. Bennett to discuss potential programs and fees.
On Teaching Science — Principles and Strategies That Every Educator Should Know
What does it take to be a successful science teacher? In this presentation, Dr. Bennett will focus on the idea that the key to success lies in finding ways to get students to put in the study and effort necessary for true learning. Following a brief introduction on teaching philosophy, he’ll provide concrete examples of principles and strategies that should help in your teaching, regardless of the particular science subject, grade level, or number of students you teach. Note: This presentation follows the organization of his critically acclaimed book On Teaching Science.
Story Time From Space
Story Time From Space is an exciting new program in which astronauts aboard the International Space Station read science-based stories to the children of Earth. Learn about the program and how you can use it in your classroom.
Max Goes to Space — Combining Science and Literacy
Dr. Bennett’s “Max Science Adventure” books were the first books launched to orbit for the Story Time From Space program. Learn about these books and how they can help you achieve class goals in both literacy and science.
I, Humanity — Understanding Our Place in the Universe
Hear the author read his latest critically-acclaimed children’s book, I, Humanity, and discuss the many ways you can use it as a learning aid for literacy, science, and more, with suggestions that will work at all levels from about grade 3 and up.
Global Warming in the Classroom
Global warming is both important and a part of new science standards. Learn the basics of the science and how you can help your students understand it, from the author of a children’s book on the topic, The Wizard Who Saved the World, and of the popular online Global Warming Primer.
“Bad at Math” — What Every Teacher Should Know
Have you ever thought of yourself as “bad at math”? Hear the author of Math for Life — winner of the 2014 Colorado Book Award — explain how to convey positive attitudes to your students, and why you should never again say you are “bad at math.”
What is Relativity? An Intuitive Introduction to Einstein’s Ideas and Why They Matter
Have you ever been curious about Einstein’s theory of relativity? Almost everyone has heard of it, but few people know much about it or realize its critical importance to our modern understanding of the universe. With 2015 marking the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s publication of his general theory of relativity, it seems time to change that. In this presentation, based on his book What is Relativity? from Columbia University Press, Dr. Bennett will introduce you to the basic ideas of relativity and why they are important to everyone. He’ll also explain why he believes we should start teaching relativity as early as elementary school, and discuss ways in which you can introduce the topic to your students, no matter what level you teach.
Beyond UFOs: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life and its Astonishing Implications for Our Future
Is there really life beyond Earth? This talk, based on Dr. Bennett’s award-winning book of the same title from Princeton University Press, will focus on why the question of extraterrestrial life has become a hot topic of scientific research and on how scientists seek to answer the question. Along the way, you’ll also learn why the possibility of life beyond Earth has profound implications to the future of our species, even in the unlikely event that we are alone in the universe. This presentation should be accessible to teachers at all levels, and should be of particular interest to middle and high school teachers.
The Scale of the Universe
If you could hold the Sun in your hand, where would we find the planets and other stars? Astrophysicist Jeffrey Bennett will discuss the remarkable scale of the universe in both space and time, so that you’ll see what it REALLY means when we say that something is “astronomical” in size. Note: This talk largely centers around the Voyage scale model solar system that is now a permanent exhibit on the National Mall in Washington, DC; Dr. Bennett proposed the exhibit and served as co-PI during its development.