By the end of the school year, I want my students to understand that science is as much about being responsible for equipment and instruments as it is studying phenomena. I want them to feel comfortable around lab instruments, and know what lab science feels like.
My students are going through physics and chemistry this year, and they are less than thrilled about the course.
The 8th graders I have are especially wiggly in their seats and, I'm hoping, just itching to do lab work. The school has limited resources, so I aim to have dedicated classroom supplies ready for them to use. Visuals can only get them so far. These students want to interact with science, get their hands dirty, and move around. Hands-on and engaging laboratories are the best way for these students to get a feel for science and understand that anyone can do it.
The only way this can make practical sense to them is if they can participate in the science. They will uses these resources to conduct laboratory experiments in physics and chemistry. Lab materials will help me get them out of their seats, interacting with one another in a productive way, help them build relationships, all the while learning science.
These materials would make a world of difference in my classroom.
The students have so many things going on in their lives, that sitting still and listening to lectures or watching slide shows does little to capture their attention. If the students can do science while build skills to work together, their lives would transform.Read More
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