My students lead active lives in a rural setting. Many of them have horses or work on family farms. They are curious about the world around them and love doing projects. They particularly enjoyed dissecting frogs in science class last year.
I love how my students try to act cool and grown up, but they still get blown away by science.
It is incredibly fulfilling to see magic in their eyes. My students, in general, have not had access to extravagant field trips or state-of-the-art equipment. However, they have had their fair share of trauma. As I begin my second year teaching I hope to provide a safe classroom environment for them to explore the curiosities that surround them.
Even though they complain as teenagers do, I know they are hungry to learn.
Fire is one of our most basic and fundamental resources. We can learn its effects and properties in a variety of applications.
These burners ability to provide something as basic as consistent heat allows my students a myriad of opportunities to learn and explore.
They are small, relatively inexpensive, and safe. The alcohol provides the necessary fuel required to bring the learning to life. It is one thing to study chemistry in a book, and another thing entirely to put it to the flame. I believe students need to manipulate their environment in order to engage in long-term authentic learning.
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