The Early Years: Observing With Magnifiers
Sun, Dec 02, 2018 12:38 AM
This articles emphasizes the importance of letting students know that observing is necessary no matter in class or in daily life for teachers. Aimed at this, the teachers firstly need to set a good example. To be more specific, although in a classroom with many students, it may be too hard for teachers to tell each child that they teachers have noticed and heard individuals’ discovery, teachers can totally give some signals, such as a nod, thumb’s up, or “okay” gesture to silently talk with them, which is the direct result of teachers’ observation on students’ behavior. Meanwhile, during this process, the students’ behavior is based on their own observation. An instance is particularly taken to better explain this, which is that teachers are able to satisfy the communication need of those who hear the distant fire engine in the middle of roll call or see a fly during group instruction without disrupting the class proceed through silent signals mentioned above. Then, integrating this into science class, the article further puts forward that one indispensable tool to better make observation is the magnifier. In order to stress the function of this tool in learning science, a specific experiment and some creative uses are introduced, providing students, especially elementary children, with an opportunity to gain insight into magnifiers.
Regarding applications, to begin with, in fact it’s common for us to realize that magnifiers may generate a positive role in assisting children to see better and get the hang of the structure of diverse objects in the scientific field. However, this article also introduces the novel use in math class, like having students observe all different dates and try to find a coin that was made during their birth year. Such a creative method will indisputably stimulate their interest in learning relevant knowledge. That's what we future educators should apply to the classroom, especially when we teach all subjects to elementary students. Moreover, what cannot be neglected is our silent talk with students after observation explained above, since for the young generation, they are likely to imitate the behavior of those who have frequent contact with them, exactly including their teachers. So I will attach importance to my own model function, trying my best to help students link the good habit of observation to various classes and daily life.