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1 Teaching Skepticism: How to Get Kids to Think Critically

2 What’s this all about, anyway? Teaching as an art & science Pick your battles Keeping it fun – humor helps! Combine wonder & skepticism Stories are important! Make many resources available Follow-up with curious students Don’t expect educational “miracles” – Take what you can get

3 There’s a Dragon in My Garage!

4 Physics is Phun: Combine Wonder & Skepticism

5 Pyramids & “Alien Builders”

6 The Haunted Physics Lab

7 Randi’s “Secrets of the Psychics”

8 The Physics of Santa Claus In conclusion -- If Santa ever DID deliver presents on Christmas eve, he’s now dead.

9 Electromagnetism & EMFs

10 Illusions & Pareidolia

11 Large Hadron Collider & Doomsday?

12 Physical Feats: A Sacrifice for Science!

13 Breaking Boards

14 Walking on Broken Glass

15 The Bed of Nails

16 When Good Demos Go Bad…

17 Critical Thinking Education Group (CTEG) – CTEG seeks to promote lifelong critical thinking and learning, with an emphasis on teaching critical thinking in all levels of education… The Skeptical Teacher – My personal musings on science, education & skepticism in an age of woo… Shameless Plug…


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