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Introducing Science

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Candace Price Candace Price 200 Points

As a preservice teacher in her senior year of college, I'm nervous about introducing science to my students and making sure I do so in a fun and exciting way. What are some tips you all have for introducing science to your class and drawing your students into the fun that science can be?

Paige McRoberts Paige McRoberts 1205 Points

One way to make it fun for the students is to do hands on activities! Students love hands on activities and more than likely they will remember the content better by exploring it hands on! I think another tip is to be enthusiastic when teaching science! Students can catch your vibe about how you feel about something. When teaching any topic you need to energetic and upbeat this will then reflect the students in how they feel about the topic.

Kayla Henderson Kayla Henderson 755 Points

Always something hands-on! Get the kids involved and have them experience something that will wow them. Let them use all of their senses to learn. It also pulls children when you don't give all of the answers. Let the children explore and use inquiry-based learning to teach them. Good luck with the rest of your senior year in college and your future teaching job! :)

Paige McRoberts Paige McRoberts 1205 Points

I agree Kayla! Hands on activities always work best when teaching Science. As we have learned this semester, inquiry based learning works very well too. It allows students to explore on their own and discover their learning in a new way!

Corina Chen Xusha (Corina) Chen 555 Points

Hi, I think the best way to get your students excited about science is to include a lot of activities and projects! Students tend to be more interested when they are involved in the process and not just sitting there and listening to a lecture or completing worksheets. Also, this would benefit your kinesthetic learners who often get left out in learning. Try introducing them with an activity right away on the first day of your science lessons as an introduction to the class. Hope this helps!

Kiana Jensen Kiana Jensen 710 Points

I'm student teaching while taking classes for my senior year in college as well! In my methods class, our professor does 5E lessons with us to allow us to see how they're formatted while also letting us do hands on activities that we could use with out future students. Definitely getting them involved and letting them explore is key. What I noticed with the science lesson I just taught was that having something for them to physically see and manipulate kept them engaged. Students love to be involved!

Zaida Guerra Zaida Guerra 475 Points

Some tips that might help you to introduce science to students would be to engage the students with visuals, such as video where the students would be interested. I would first find out what the students like or are into at that moment, incorporate what they like with your lesson. This is a great way to get your students attention and to be interested in science.

Sherita Celestine Sherita Celestine 730 Points

I always like doing hands on activities. Instead of just having the students watch me, I allowed them to do the experiments and activities with a partner so they can discuss what is going on. I also like letting the students do inquiry based learning. That allows them to find out about what they are learning about without me having to tell them about it.

Tim Kelly Tim Kelly 695 Points

I am also a preservice teacher too that will be graduating next fall. Through my own field experiences, I have noticed that my students loved it when the teacher or I played a video for them to introduce the a new topic to them. One type of video that I would suggest for you to show to your future students would be a Bill Nye video. Bill Nye does a great job of explaining science topics in a student friendly way by breaking the concept down into terms that they can understand and through the use of his fun science experiments. However, if you are teaching older kids I would suggest showing a Crash Course Kids video. Crash Course Kids is a YouTube channel that uses science vocabulary words that only older kids (3rd grade and up) will be able to understand.

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