Sunday, April 22, 2012

Blog Assignment 12

science is fun

Science is often an extremely difficult subject to teach because many teachers struggle to make the subject enjoyable and stimulating. When students are not having fun learning, they tend to fail or do just enough to get by. What educator wants to lecture to desks full of blank faces? Since science viewed as tedious and uninteresting, why is it an important basic for students of all ages? How can we make science more entertaining and fun to learn for all students? How has technology helped science evolve into what we know today? Research these questions and support your answer with helpful websites or animations. Follow the requirements in Writing a Quality Blog Post.

My Justification

Science, whether we like it or not, is used in every day life. Science explains the weather, gives theoretical answers to why we exist, describes how we, as humans, interact with our environment, solves underlying questions everyday through research and theories, is used for finding the cure for cancer, and rationalizes what precautions need to be taken to better our future. Without science, such as biology, chemistry, and physics, our world would not exist as we know it today. This is why science must be taught in classrooms. We, not only, need science to explain and understand simple questions, but we also need science to answer the questions of what and why. Here is a website for support. 

We, as educators, can make science more entertaining by including the students in the lecture plans. Allow the students to teach the class. By breaking down the lesson and allowing the students to teach, they learn the lesson, easily, and their peers are more interested in the subject. I know when I am in a classroom listening to the same teacher lecture for an hour, the lecture gets boring, but when I teach a process, like the cellular process of glycolysis, I learn the lesson better and my peers are more interested. Changing the atmosphere of the “normal” classroom always gets students’ attention.

Technology has helped science evolve in many ways; but in the science classroom, technology has allowed educators to make animations explaining the hard concepts to grasp. The processes, like glycolysis, Krebs cycle, and photosynthesis, are hard to understand because we cannot see them with our own eyes. By watching an animation, students are able to see the processes and better understand them. Just reading and memorizing the steps does not offer a thorough explanation. Read this explanation of mitosis, then watch this mitosis animation and this animation. Which one would you prefer? I know I learn better by watching the cell divide when compared to reading the phases of cell division. Advances in technology has bettered the science classroom in multiple different ways, and this advances have offered students and teachers a better way of learning. 

1 comment:

  1. Abigail,

    Good post. I agree that science is incredibly important and making it more interesting would really help students learn.