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Reaching Students

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Yazmin Perez Yazmin Perez 310 Points

I am currently a student and future teacher, we all know these have been trying times due to the global pandemic that we have all faced. Being a student hasn't become any easier during this time, so I know it must be difficult to keep students engaged and most of all motivated, What are some ways that learning Science through a screen or at a distance can be just as fun, engaging and motivating as it can be? 

Elizabeth Inselmann Elizabeth Inselmann 1385 Points

Hi Yazmin, 

   I am a preservice teacher also I think that one thing that is important is to be interested and present as a teacher. Then have students do things do not just lecture at them. This could be any way maybe send students an easy safe lab and do it via zoom together or do an interactive game together. Hopefully, this was helpful.

All the best, 

   Lizzy Inselmann Wartburg class of 2023 

Hunter Gerhardt Hunter Gerhardt 615 Points


As a preservice teaching, this is something that I've been wondering about too. During the start of COVID, this was a problem in a lot of classrooms. Throughout different classrooms that I've been in for field experience I have seen different labs/experiments and simulations that they have had to students do. This could be a way to keep them engaged when they are learning online. It won't be as exciting as it would be in the classroom, but it is a more engaging and exciting activity to do online. 

Kristin Preast Kristin Preast 1670 Points

I would try to incorporate experiment stimulator websites, experiments easily done at home, and songs with units you are teaching.

Amber Jonnes Amber 10 Points

There are different sites where students can do some things in pairs, groups. And in general, I think that the more practical and interesting activities you use, the better it is


Brian Marrero Brian Marrero 800 Points

You can use different simulator. Phet have a lot of simulator including math, physics, chemistry and biology to engage students and understand the concepts; also here in the forum you can ask for another lab simulator. That can make the science a little bit more fun in a distance way. 

Estrell Mamonese Estrell Mamonese 160 Points

During the pandemic, many students faced the challenges of distance learning, and I'm not sure that they were able to learn the material as effectively as if they went to direct classes. The lack of physical presence in the classroom and direct interaction with their classmates and teachers can negatively affect the motivation and activity of students. For example, I was asked to read fahrenheit 451, instead I used for info. The possibility of distraction, limited interpersonal communication, and problems accessing stable internet can also contribute to this negative outcome. However, it is not worth generalizing, as some students still persevered and succeeded in their academic achievements despite the difficulties.

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