"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." -Confucius
My students love science, and they especially love the hands-on experiments, projects, and dissection labs.
My favorite part of teaching is seeing their eyes light up when they make a discovery during a lab.
I teach 8th-grade science in a middle school in Missouri. My students are both energetic and inquisitive learners. They enjoy coming to school, researching new science concepts, and conducting hands-on experiments.
Over half of my students live in poverty and don’t bring the necessary supplies to the classroom like pencils and notebooks. My students were also affected when an EF5 tornado destroyed a third of our town when they were young. Many of my students lost their homes or family members. They grew up experiencing loss at a young age.
My students love science and most of them love art as well. I decided to incorporate Shrinky Dinks this year to allow some creativity while demonstrating that they understand the concepts they are learning. Most of my students have never seen a Shrinky Dink and are always amazed by the finished product.
We have made Shrinky Dink cells, atoms, molecules and element blocks.
My students love being creative while learning, and request a Shrinky Dink project for every unit. Shrinky Dink paper is expensive for two hundred students. I cut it into fourths, but it still adds up. I've also requested a toaster oven. Right now, I borrow a toaster oven from our concession stand, which is clear across the building. It's heavy and awkward to carry. A toaster oven in my room would allow us to do Shrinky Dink projects more often, and would also be used when I teach about thermal energy.
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