edu180atl: janelle wilson 10.17.11
Hands On or Hands Off?
I believe in science classrooms where students are doing and the teacher is facilitating. This is how I conduct my classroom on a daily basis. For instance, today my students and I learned about the interior structure of the Earth by going outside and walking scale distances from the center of the Earth’s inner core to the surface of the crust. At the boundary between each layer, we stopped and discussed the composition and commented on the visualization of the distance. When we finished our walk and returned to the classroom, I asked my students what they thought of the activity. One response stood out: “This was much more interesting than just looking at a PowerPoint and taking notes.”
I imagine science classrooms all over the country look like mine, so I was surprised to learn from an article I read this morning about a science teacher in South Florida who is striking back against the hands on science classroom opting instead for hands off learning.
This goes inherently against the nature of science. Science is something we do. At the end of the day, do I want my students to do well on standardized tests? Of course! But is that the reason I teach science to my students? No! Instilling a lifelong love for science is my goal, and I believe in hands on, discovery and inquiry based science. Am I alone?
What type of science do you believe in?
Bio: Janelle Wilson (@janellewilson) facilitates Earth science discovery at Lanier Middle and is a self proclaimed science nerd and space geek.