Tools for Teaching About Climate Change
Many teachers have little to no formal training on how to teach about climate change. Along with the ever-changing research and the controversy that comes with it, some teachers inevitably shy away or even prevent students from digging deep into the content.
Some suggest that teachers might be getting climate change all wrong. Since teachers can’t rely on books to stay current with all the new research, digital resources are the only effective way to stay on top of such a dynamic field. Consider these practices when using technology to teach about climate change:
- Students must use models to understand the fundamental processes that help shape Earth’s climate.
- Just as scientists have long argued the causes of global temperature rise, students should be holding those same debates.
- Students need hands-on time with data to practice interpreting real evidence and arriving at their own conclusions.
Here are five tools that incorporate those practices and can be used immediately in the classroom to help students become true climate change scientists.