As a science teaching intern I have around 68 students who are obviously smart kids. They find many creative ways to answer questions and joke around. However, I have noticed many of them seem disinterested in science. I believe their disinterest is due to a lack of proper exposure to scientific equipment and I hope some new equipment will help show them the fun in science.
My students seem interested when I show them pictures or models in class and I hope to foster this interest.
Students often have difficulty in understanding some science concepts that typically require more visual and tactile resources. Concepts such as taxonomy are often taught using lecture. With the supplies I have requested I hope to make this concept easier to understand.
Using the preserved specimens to show the wide degree of differences as well as similarities that lead to taxonomic classification I hope to ignite my students interest in taxonomy.
The animal survey sets are the most important as they provide a wide variety of specimens for my student to classify. I believe that by creating their own classification of these species student will develop a greater understanding of how scientists originally developed taxonomy.
My students live in a small town. This also means many of them live in a small world. These specimens will make their small world a little bigger, and their knowledge as well.
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