Have you got time to read two very short science texts? Both of them are surprising and wonderful.
First text: a beautiful piece of writing by Lewis Thomas called ‘The Lives of A Cell’ (thelivesofacell) – you will thank me for this.
Second text: the original paper by Crick and Watson (watsoncrick) announcing the structure of DNA (it’s 1 side of A4 and it is readable – just read it).
Do you agree that they require different skills to read? Would you use either or both of them in a lesson? Do schools teach young people the skills to read the first text? The second?
I worry that our students are not taught how to read original scientific papers. I only know of one colleague who uses original papers as part of her teaching (@ – I would be very interested to hear from anyone else).
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I hope you have a great holiday,