Our school in the heart of the city may be short on resources, but one thing we don't lack is curiosity, especially when it comes to preparing for bright futures. More than three-quarters of the children I teach come from backgrounds of poverty and the majority are students of color. They are full of questions and appreciate the moments when what they're learning in school connects to the bigger world outside the classroom. As with most adolescents, their focus is on the immediate and I am hoping this project can help more of them imagine a role for themselves - and their science knowledge - in a promising tomorrow.
By reading Kelly Weinersmith's "Soonish," I hope to inspire my students to not only envision the amazing promise of the future but the ways they - and the science we learn together - can connect to it.
We can study atoms, cells and the Earth, but helping my 7th graders recognize the critical role science will play in the future will transform that learning and empower them to meet the world that awaits.
"Soonish" will challenge their reading and thinking skills, their science knowledge, and their imaginations as it kindles excitement about may lie ahead in their lifetimes. We will read parts of the book together and parts in small groups. Then we can share what we've learned about everything from nanobots to space elevators and how such technology is founded on basic 7th grade science standards based on energy, matter and the Earth.
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