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2016 The Bad Science Show - School Shows & School Incursions in Melbourne Sydney and Canberra.

The Bad Science SHow
Teacher's Resources

Thank you for taking the time to check out the teacher's resources for The Bad Science Show.

These resources and activities are designed for students to participate in after watching the show. They'll reinforce the messages of the show but they also contain spoilers.

Please remember that critical thinking is not a skill. Our goal as educators is not to teach critical thinking but to turn students into critical thinkers. 

Daniel Willingham, a cognitive scientist who specialises in education and critical thinking has written a fantastic paper on the subject.

As well as teaching them specific tools of critical thinking we should also encourage the students to use the tools and apply them outside of the science classroom. 

That's why you'll find most of the activities and examples in these resources don't relate to topics usually associated with science class. 

Students will explore medicine, advertising and even magic tricks to learn the skills.

If you have any questions, comments or feedback, please contact me anytime on 0409461776.

Nicholas

He's blowing on the page.

That's it.

However, the people who believe in him are exhibiting confirmation bias.

They have chosen to believe he can really do it and so are focusing on the evidence that proves him correct (the pages are moving) and ignoring the evidence that he's full of it (his mouth is moving too).

Can you think of an example of confirmation bias that you've committed?

 

Ever decided a movie will be terrible before you see it? And then have a terrible time? and so seen nothing but what's wrong with it?

Ever decided that you have a particular illness? And then start noticing the symptoms?

Ever heard a really cool conspiracy theory? And then decided it must be true before properly considering the evidence?

Then you might be a victim of confirmation bias.

So watch the video below and you'll be on your first step to becoming a master spoon bender.

However, if you really want your audiences to think you're the next magneto, get them believing in your abilities before you pull of the stunt, your reactions will be even bigger.

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