Exemplary Science Teaching: What It Means & How To Achieve IT

What is Exemplary Science Teaching

Exemplary science teaching is when teachers provide a learning environment for their students that fosters a deeper understanding of science through inquiry, discussion, exploration, and reading. This type of teaching motivates students to make connections to the world around them rather than just having students listen to lectures and memorize concepts.

What This Might Look Like in a Classroom

You will know that you are in a classroom with exemplary teaching when you see teachers striving to create memorable experiences and making emotional connections through hands-on activities. Students will feel safe, welcomed, and supported. Their engagement will be high and they will be thinking critically about what they are learning.

This video shows what exemplary science teaching might look like in a classroom through inquiry.

What This Will Look Like in My Classroom

In my future classroom, I plan on creating an environment where my students can explore the world of science in a way that is beneficial to them. I will get to know my students and the way that they prefer to learn and adapt the way I teach based on them. I will facilitate a mixture of activities and hands-on experiments that will encourage critical thinking, problem-solving, and group discussions. Some of these activities include:

  • Going on field trips
  • Using technology
  • Role-playing
  • Science fairs
  • Group projects
  • Group discussions
  • Current events
  • Challenges or Competitions
  • Debates
  • Games

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  1. Hello! I enjoyed reading your blog. I think it is well written. I liked how you started off with what exemplary teaching is. This gives the reader a clear idea of what you are going to be talking about. I think the video was a good addition to your post. It helped better explain what exemplary teaching is. If you went on a field trip do you know where it would be? What would the topic of the field trip be?

    • Thank you for your feedback! If I was taking my students on a field trip for let’s say biology class, I could take them to a botanical garden. While there they could look at plant cell structures under a microscope, discuss photosynthesis, as well as see how plants survive and adapt in different environments.

  2. Hi Maya, this was a great post!
    It seems you have a well thought out way of how this will look in your classroom which is amazing, along with a great video to demonstrate. My question for you is how do you think time will play a role in your curriculum balancing all of these activities and learning?

    • Thank you for your feedback! I think it might be difficult at first to find a balance between activities and learning but through trial and error, I think I’ll be able to figure out a schedule that works best for me and my students that incorporates these activities as well as traditional based learning while keeping the limited time into consideration.

  3. Hey there!
    I really liked how you included the different ways you are going to try to be an exemplary science teacher one day in your own classroom. The examples you gave including going on field trips and debates are definitely some I will have to consider when I am teaching one day too! Is there on example that sticks out to you when teaching a lesson? Being interactive with students is very important in an educational setting, but I also know that each teacher is different in how they organize a class lesson. Great post!

    • Thank you for your feedback! Debates, competitions, or challenges definitely stick out the most to me just because I think those types of activities would produce the most student engagement within my classroom.

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