I’m sure everyone has a teacher that you probably will remember for the rest of your life – be it your English teacher, your soccer coach or a band instructor. Usually, the teachers that you remember are the ones that make a big impact on your life. It is true that many students develop interest and decide to pursue the field their “favorite” teacher taught.
Unfortunately, despite my love for science, science classes have never been my favorite. I would watch Science videos in my free time and study the materials on my own rather than listen to my teacher in class.
This is why I am so determined to become an exemplary science teacher.
Science can be such an exciting subject – when you teach it right. To start off, let’s watch this video by Azul Terronez.
So, what can you do to be a great teacher? How can you be an inspiration to your students? How can you be an exemplary science teacher?
#1: Explore & Experiment
Engage your students by exploring science through the environment around you. Allowing students to see how science relates to their everyday life can really help to spark their interest.
Some great examples you can incorporate into your classroom are:
- Going outdoors: exploring the different type of plants, finding out what species live in your school pond
- Designing their own experiment: allow students to explore their own area of interest
- Start your lesson with a demonstration: excite the students and ask questions!
#2: Giving power to the students
It can be so powerful to let students “teach” the class. It is a great way to show that we, as teachers, are learning with them, not just teaching them. Giving the students power allows them to feel more valued, not just as a student but a member of the learning community. Students will be inspired by the idea that learning is important – not just for them, but for us as well.
An easy way to do this in your classroom can be to make your students be an expert on a topic: they can teach it to the class, and you!
Embrace their knowledge, and they will embrace their learning.
#3: Use alternative forms of assessment
We already know that exams are not the best way to evaluate student’s learning. Remember that we should be assessing them FOR learning, rather than only focusing on assessments OF learning. It can not only help the students to learn further but also help us to understand where the students are, and what we can do to help them learn.
There are a variety of alternative forms of assessment:
- Model-making: helps students to visualize concepts, a hands-on learning experience
- Investigations: forming their own questions and using the scientific method
- Applications: how does it relate to their life?
- Debates: sharing and evaluating their own ideas, exercise their skill and knowledge
- Group Projects: encourages teamwork and communication
It is vital that we, as educators, make sure that the students are engaged, involved and curious. Let’s do our part in creating a better classroom for our students, by preparing ourselves to be an exemplary science teacher.