How To Create A Better Experience For Students In Your Science Class
Inquiry-based learning is a default method of learning for nearly everyone. If that type of learning is to be utilized anywhere, it should be used in science classes. The natural flow of “what if?” or “what about?” is the crux of science-based inquiry and should be fundamental in how science is taught to students.
Make Lessons Interactive
Naturally, making lessons interactive is a great way to provide your students with the “what if” type questions. Keeping lessons interactive aids in student interest. Ultimately, the goal isn’t just to teach the students what they need to know for that lesson but to also teach them how to interact with science. The best way to do that is to lead them through with examples.
The key to any interactive lesson is to teach it safely. The most common personal protection equipment (PPE) is goggles, followed by a lab coat, and gloves. While it may not be economical or feasible for all elementary children to have these readily available, goggles should always be worn during an interactive lesson to ensure safety. Most everyone has gotten something in their eyes; reinforcement to the students that goggles protect them from that and from worse incidents is important.
In addition to PPE, proper labeling of chemicals and containers is absolutely necessary. This ensures the teacher and the students are fully aware of the contents of any container in and around the workspace. Proper use of multiple labels on chemical containers communicates their contents and the correct handling procedures. When adding more than one label, make sure that you know how to properly use multiple labels on chemical containers in order to be safe.
Have Safe Fun
The excitement of a new experiment or hands-on lesson should be what the student remembers years down the road. The foundations that are built will be carried on by additional classes as they progress through the educational system. However, the memories are what they will look back on with a joyful poise. Scientific concepts are better understood when physically doing them. The best way to keep the attention of students while letting them physically experience scientific phenomena is by having fun and bringing them along for the ride.
The three main tenets for providing a better science-classroom experience are interactive lessons, safety first, and having fun during the lesson. Interactive and fun lessons help grab and maintain student attention while placing safety first helps ensure the student’s well-being.
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