My students need beakers, thermometers, and 17 dissection kits because that is what they are most excited for this year in life science.
The part my kids love most about science? Labs. I want science to become tangible for them, because I've seen how amplified learning becomes when science actually happens in front of them. My goal is to do a lab every week - so that they are invested in the learning, and invested in science.
The school that I work for is a free college-preparatory public school that serves a population that is mostly made up of students that come from a Hispanic background/are black.
The mission of the school is to ensure that our students internalize the habits of self-reliance, honor, achievement, responsibility to others, and persistence in order to become life-long learners capable of excelling in college and committed to transforming tomorrow. My students are an interesting bunch, in that they range from "very low" to "very high". I think that at this point, they still have a naive love for science, in that they like learning about it just for the sake of learning. Motivation comes and goes, but they all do have a goal in mind- we made sure to establish that early on. They are at school for their own unique purpose, and they are working hard to achieve their goals for the year- whether that is to make their parents proud, or to earn success for themselves.
I attempted to do several labs for the past six weeks, but was hindered by the lack of materials in the classroom. By having more materials, more students will be able to be engaged in the activity, and therefore their learning, because there are too many students that have to share few sets of materials. Every week, I get at least one student who tells me they're super excited about dissections, but they don't realize yet that we don't have dissection materials! So when we get to human body systems and dissections, they will be able to use their kits to really drive a hands-on lesson on body systems through dissection. I have seen how important kinesthetic learning is to engage students- so I really want them to have this experience so that this learning will become tangible for them.
Lab materials will allow my kids to experience science in front of them, and have them become more invested in the concepts that we are learning during the lab.
But even beyond that, doing labs teaches kids skills that are essential for the real world- reading and following directions, working as a team, delegating tasks, and gathering data. These materials will also help my future kids and the school, because these materials will be available for use for the whole school moving forward.
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|Student Dissecting Set I • Carolina Biological Supply Company||$10.12||17||$172.04|
|Carolina Beaker Starter Pack • Carolina Biological Supply Company||$23.40||10||$234.00|
|Enviro-Safe Total Immersion 12 • Carolina Biological Supply Company||$11.56||10||$115.60|
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