What does it mean to be an Exemplary Science Teacher?
Exemplary Science Teaching is — by it’s nature — what every science educator should strive for. Simply put, Exemplary Science Teaching involves the continual refinement of educational practices in order to provide students with the best possible support for success. This success is not limited to quantitative measurements of success, but instead envelops the well being of each aspect of the student; everything from social justice and emotional health to academic proficiency and inherent curiosity.
What are some characteristics of Exemplary Science Teachers?
- Provide a Stimulating Environment
- Continually Analyze, Evaluate, and Strengthen Their Practice Through Evaluation
- Frequently Use Societal Issues as a Focus
- Expect Students to Quesiton Facts, Teachers, Authority, and Knowledge
- Follow an Integrated Approach to Topics by Incorporating Other Subjects, Technology, Society and Ethics.
Exemplary Science Teachers at their core aim to better themselves as well as their students. A fierce commitment to societal issues and ethics is essential for students to see that you are on their side. Additionally, setting an example of curiosity and iquiry allows students to understand that education doesnt stop at the walls of your school, nor does it stop on the last day before they graduate.
“The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.”Robert Maynard Hutchins
What are some ways to implement Exemplary Science Teaching methods into the classroom?
The implementation of educational methods used by Exemplary Science Teachers is fairly simple. Ask yourself: “Does this foster valuable growth?” There are times when even the most “fun” or “exciting” classroom science experiments will not foster curiosity within students. Instead, science educators must strive to encourage iquiry. Danny Doucette has a great take on how to get students thinking.
Critical thinking is invaluable in life. Luckily, science educators have perhaps one of the greatest tools for encouraging critical thinking — the scientific method. It is through the scientific method which we can link the outside interests of students in order to provide an environment which fosters the unique questions of every student.
Yes, even students like Calvin…