Today, my preservice teachers had to breakthrough their preconceived notions of “what is a scientist.” I showed them Crystal Dilworth’s TED talk on the myth of the stereotypical scientist.

We looked at The (UK) Science Council’s definition of a scientist and 10 types of scientists. At the end of the activity, they self identified which kinds of scientists they are every day.

I hope to remind them every week that they are scientists and the teacher scientist has an important role to play.