What are we doing to help kids achieve and learn?
I had a tough week. I had a front row seat in which I witnessed someone almost lose their life. I also almost accidently deleted both of my class websites just days before the kids walk in as we are starting a one to one lap top program. Here is the amazing part to all this...I get something that we all get as teachers every year...a second chance.
The kids come in on Thursday. As teachers we all get a blessing that few ever get...another try. We get a second chance to help, love, inspire, challenge and motivate a whole new set of kids. So what is the best way to start?
Think like a kid. Put yourself in their shoes. Imagine going to seven classes, sitting all day and getting a stack of papers. Here is a crazy idea. Let's pass out the papers and go over class rules on day two. What if we decide to get kids "doing chemistry" on day one? What would happen if they count the number of drops they can fit on a penny and then try it again with drops of soap? Why is there a difference? Place a teaspoon of salt in a full cup of water and then do the same with a teaspoon of sugar. What happens? Why? Were you surprised? Pour some carbon dioxide on a candle and don't tell the students it is carbon dioxide. Any questions? Should the first day be for passing out papers or should the first day be for doing what we want kids to do for the whole year...thinking and doing science?
The kids are coming in and with it the miracle of a second chance...make the best of it. Inspire them with science, passion and let them know you care. Here is to another try. Good luck and let us know at ChemEd X what we can do to help.