Wonderful Science

I can see and appreciate how science is really an awesome subject. How can I make science more fun and exciting yet effective for my students?
—D., Philippines

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein



I was fortunate to have had several outstanding teachers, in addition to my father, who exuded a sincere passion for science. Watching their demonstrations, listening to them joyously talk about current events (the Moon landings being front and center), I was swept along by their excitement. So, I believe we can’t underestimate the power of being a role model. Be an example of how someone loves science: Be passionate about it and show awe and wonder in the universe around us!

One thing we tend to do as science teachers is to come across as experts. When students ask questions and figure out things for themselves, their learning experiences are richer. It is fine to admit that you don’t know everything but that you are always willing to find the answers. Show them how they, too, can and should be curious and driven to find answers. Providing students with the tools to investigate and make scientific conclusions is much more valuable than filling them with knowledge. Allow students to dive into topics that they are interested in so that they have a vested interest in finding the answers.

I close with another quote from Einstein:

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

Hope this helps!



Photo credit: Ferdinand Schmutzer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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1 Response to Wonderful Science

  1. Harry E. Keller says:

    The response is accurate. Be passionate! Your activities outside of the classroom must include reading as much as you can about science. For example, always read Scientific American from cover to cover. Check out science websites regularly.
    Next, bring that information into your classroom lessons. Headlines are headlines because people are interested. Understand what makes the interest and inject that into whatever you are studying.
    Ask questions and encourage discussion. Why don’t we yet have any handheld pictures from Mars? Seems obvious, but is it to your students? Why are we excited about Mars but not about Venus when it’s closer? How can a warmer world create worse winters? What are flesh-eating bacteria and where are they? Why can’t we go faster than light or go back in time? Why do some cells have a nucleus and others don’t? Will we ever figure out how life started? Can you fire a gun in space? The list is neverending.
    Show your joy. It will be infectious.

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