Kids, especially young kids, love to ask questions. Children are curious by nature and their most favorite questions to ask are ‘why?’, ‘what?’ and ‘how?’. Children between the ages 5 – 6 ask the most questions. Unfortunately, most people shun children for their curiosity and it is misinterpreted as annoyance.
It is not right on our part as educators to dismiss the genuinely curious. As educators, why not use this trait to our advantage and get students to ask the right kind of questions, creating room for effective learning to take place?
There has been a decades-old misconception in our educational system that it is the teacher’s duty to do all the talking and students, the listening. With this in place, it is quite clear to us that learning takes place on a minimal level.
Teachers spend hours of chatter and explanation, droning on and on about a subject. This is not welcome in a classroom any more and students have frankly been bored out of their minds. Students can be taught effectively only when they are interested in a subject.
Engaging Students Through Science
Science is beautiful because it is a field of study that raises one’s curiosity. We have written posts about science before, such as How to Make Science Class Interesting? and How to Make Science Fun for Students?
Science is a wonderful subject. However, because of the constant stigma about Science being difficult to master, there is a mental block in the student’s minds. This block limits their ability and decreases their interest in the subject.
This means that the methods of imparting education should be changed. Human beings are constantly evolving, so why shouldn’t evolution take place in the teaching methods?
Here is a list of methods that could be adapted for your classroom in order to make Science more interesting for the students.
1. Experimental Methods
One way we can make Science interesting for students is by the good old method of getting one’s hands dirty.
Statistically, students have displayed progress at the rate of 52% towards the learning of science when experimental activities had been introduced to their class. We are not talking of complex experiments with many systems and tools, but encouraging students to understand concepts and thus, creating models from scratch.
Let them explore the surroundings. Let the students perform experiments and dissections. Take the students on field trips to farms, lakes, or even just the Science Lab. Once they aren’t just constrained to the boundaries of the classroom, they have room for understanding theories, and conceptual learning takes place.
2. Cultivate the Habit of Thinking
When the teacher rattles off about the theories and mechanics of physics or anatomy, students simply tune out after some time when the lesson gets monotonous. With this method of teaching adopted in almost every educational institution, students are barely given the opportunity to think. Therefore, instead of putting information out there, put forth questions to them that would require technical and logical thinking in order for them to come up with a solution.
Have you looked at a group of students react when a puzzle is given to them? They frantically search their minds for the knowledge they have acquired to apply and bring forth a solution. To them, it is a challenge, and they seldom turn one down. Science is a great opportunity for friendly debates and to question others. It is a good idea to have a Question of the Day or Question of the Week and let students figure out the answer themselves. This way, they are actively engaging in classroom sessions rather than just noting down whatever you say.
3. Bring in Technology
It’s the modern age, and the educators need to get with the times if they wish to capture the attention of their students. With the constant exposure of children to screens, we as educators opt to give them a break from screen time, thus shutting the doors to technological advantages in a classroom.
Give students the opportunity to learn Biology, Physics, and Chemistry through stimulators and activities. Diagrams of structures are precise and accurate, and showcase everything visually which will also make it easier to understand.
Utilize video facilities to demonstrate experiments in Physics and Chemistry. For a better understanding of the Periodic Table, you can use images, pictures, and infographics. There are also audio tools you can use such as songs for the Periodic Elements, songs about the Water Cycle, and more.
With all the above mentioned, allow your main aim to be the creation of a learning space that is free to think and speak, to question and to learn. It’s important to always keep an open mind. So, let students ask questions and listen to what they have to say.
LetsPractise Makes Science Fun
Whether it’s Biology, Chemistry, or Physics, Science will often leave you in awe and amazement. You can relate almost everything to science, so why not use this to your advantage? Dropping a scientific game or two will always shift the atmosphere of the classroom enabling students to embrace learning and enjoy it in the process.
Science is the study of life and universal laws and substances that surround us. Just like maths, it is absolutely important for the real world. Whether your child grows up to be a doctor, an inventor, or a programmer, they need to have a solid grasp of Science and a understand it well. LetsPractise can help you achieve this.
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