Thoughts on Astronomy and Education

Some musings on astronomy education, ideas for improving it, and suggestions for teaching it.


I'd love to be able to offer a full curriculum on astronomy, telling a fascinating journey of discovery, explaining why we believe what we believe, showing everyone how it all relates to the world you can actually see around you, and covering everything a modern educated person should know. But I don't know if I'll ever be able to do that. Writing a long story like this, building your own entire curriculum from scratch, is a little like building a building from scratch. You start by gathering your construction materials and laying out some scaffolding. In my years as an elementary and junior high science teacher, I've created some (I think) useful materials, and I've learned how to tell a few chapters of the story, but I'm still a long way from a textbook or a complete curriculum.

This list of articles is an attempt to edit and formalize some of the pieces, to put them into a written form of potential interest or usefulness to teachers or enthusiasts of astronomy, and to make them available publicly. Consider this as a loose and evolving collection of drafts of lesson plans, explanations and ideas for presenting various topics, and guides to using various physical or digital teaching aids.