Disagreement is a part of the scientific process and teamwork, learning to disagree respectfully is important for students to practice.

  • You don’t often see people disagreeing in a finished project—whether it be a movie, a paper, an experiment, etc.—however, people working in teams, from students to research scientists, almost always disagree and make mistakes.
  • Learning to cope with disagreement and things going wrong is an important part of learning to be a scientist.
  • When disagreements arise, allow each student to express their viewpoint while all the other students listen and jot down the main points.
    • This is a great opportunity to reinforce the importance of "using solid evidence when making a claim."
    • "Consensus may be difficult and perhaps unnecessary, but listening to one another is important."

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