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"In Action Science: Relevant Teaching and Active Learning, the author does a superb job of showing how to make learning relevant for today’s typical middle school student through the application of real world connections that are meaningful to the student. The examples and resources provided make this an outstanding resource for any middle school science teacher looking for ways to engage unmotivated students or who are implementing problem based learning strategies in a way that is exciting and meaningful!"
"The book is unique, in that it offers a look at physics through a non-traditional lens – through the world of skateboarding and bmx bike riding. I especially like the use of the 5E learning cycle within the lesson presentation."
"Rarely are students envisioned as scientists, mathematicians, or engineers—especially while at play. However, much of the fundamental knowledge associated with these fields can be linked to student experiences in action sports such as skateboarding. This linkage holds untapped potential that can prove useful in increasing student understanding of Next Generation Science Standards.
"Bill Robertson and I go back many years. Throughout all of those years, I have always been impressed with the way he approaches science education: Instead of providing content in the abstract, or in unrelatable tables and graphs, he speaks in the vernacular of the students. By combining the topics that kids can relate to, specifically skateboarding and BMX biking, the difficult becomes understandable, the abstract concrete!
"As a working scientist, I know that scientific knowledge is constructed by experimenting and interacting with the world. Concepts can then be built up from that direct experience. Too often in science education this is forgotten and concepts are presented first at the expense of the initial direct experience that drives scientific curiosity. That’s not true to science and does not lead to real knowledge. Bill Robertson (Dr. Skateboard) is staying true to science and to building deep, long lasting knowledge. Another way of saying that is that Bill is keeping science education real.
"Robertson (aka Dr. Skateboard) blends the fun of skateboarding and BMX with relevant physical science concepts. His unique approach is my preferred method of teaching. This is exactly what my students are looking for!"
"The book is unique in that it offers a look at physics through a non-traditional lens – through the world of skateboarding and BMX bike riding. I especially like the use of the 5E learning cycle within the lesson presentation."
"Audiences of all ages, genders, and ethnicities naturally gravitate to Bill's passion for learning and teaching with his use of Action Science. Students who are naturally active and inquisitive are immediately engaged in Bill's high-energy and skilled BMX biking and skateboarding presentations. Bill utilizes his dynamic skills and the engagement of his learners to enable the students to understand challenging scientific principles. Bill facilitates students’ comprehension of scientific concepts by demonstrating them in a relevant, meaningful, and stimulating way."
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