ESCI Journal… Science is Cool

64ca99902dd87149bc0d84b7e93ce723.jpgI love science, I have loved science my entire life.  I am fascinated with experiments and the way nature creates rocks and leaves.  I crave understanding and always have a question about “why” something is the way it is.  But not all my students will share my love.  How do I help them see that science is cool?

Science can be an overwhelming subject, filled with definitions, theories and brand new ideas that must students will have never seen.  This complicated information is important to teach our students, but how do we make it less intimidating?

In a previous post I discussed inquiry based instruction, and how I wondered if it was the best fit for all learners.  I understand that every student will have a different learning style and I wondered if inquiry can best fit all our students.

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ESCI Journal… What makes a good science teacher?

1715d7fdd303002dba5f27ad53f8d399.jpgThis class essentially is teaching us to be science educators, but what is a science educator?  What does a science educator do? What separates a science educator from any other form of educator? Do we teach science differently from how we teach other subjects?

It is often pointed out that science should be taught using inquiry.  It was said in class that “Inquiry is really the only way we should teach science.” I have thought in depth about this statement.  As an educator I love teaching with inquiry and I love participating in inquiry.  But not all learners will share my love of inquiry.  For some students this method of learning can be anxiety inducing, especially if they have no prior history with this method of learning.   Inquiry can be confusing and messy.  It is important to remember differentiated learning  and include these ways of teaching in our teaching of science.

All students will learn differently and we need to be flexible and teach to their strengths.  We teach students and we need to meet their needs.  So in closing, no I do not agree that the only way to teach science is through inquiry, I think we need to include different ways of learning, at the very least introduce the idea of inquiry slowly, so students understand the process, I love inquiry and plan to teach inquiry, but I do not plan to teach science only using inquiry.

ESCI Journal…Wascana has what?

Wascana-Park-55222.jpg        As an educator often the most complicated aspects of teaching are finding new and exciting resources to use in a classroom.  Specially finding resources related to environmental education can be difficult at times.

This presentation proved to be a great resource for me as an environmental educator.  Sarah provided a lot of great resources that I will use as a future teacher and as a current environmental educator. I had no idea Wascana offered so many programs that allow for so many great hands on experiences.

Learning in my opinion is the most meaningful when learners can connect the learning to a hands on experience.  Sarah provided tons of examples for hands on experiences that will relate well to the environmental curriculum.