Less Facts, and More Time for Hands-On Explorations in the Science Classroom
Great coverage of what kids and parents want from their classroom science experiences on NPR Morning Edition December 17, 2013 by Eric Westervelt. Westervelt observes a group of elementary students from Paul Revere Elementary exploring science concepts via hands-on explorations at the Explore Mission Workshop in San Francisco. Unfortunately, what an observer will see if they step into the typical classroom is a teacher teaching a “bunch of meaningless and disjointed facts” and students regurgitating information. In a recent survey conducted by NPR on classroom science experiences both parents and students stated that they wanted more time for hands-on-minds-on explorations, and less time spent on memorizing useless, meaningless facts. I also found it interesting that one of the parents stated that the “teachers are showing a lack of enthusiasm for teaching science.” I have to agree with the parent, if the teachers are not excited about science, how can they expect their students to be excited about science.