General Science and Teaching

Getting students motivated

Hello everyone! I have been talking with the teacher in the classroom where I will be doing my student teaching next semester and she brought up an observation about her students this year: she has noticed a lack of effort and interest in her classes. I have been trying to come up with ideas to get them involved a little more and I would love any ideas that anyone may have! One topic that I will be teaching in January is stoichiometry. This seems like it will be a topic that will require a lot of practice and repetition for the students to be able to understand it. I can see this being a struggle as this is usually a difficult topic. Getting students to understand how much they will have to practice and the importance of this content is going to be a struggle. If anyone has any advice, I would appreciate any input!

Emily Martina
Emily Martina
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Hello Emily, I found two articles that can hopefully help! The first specifically discusses a way to increase student motivation by incorporating cartoons into class! Check it out here: http://common.nsta.org/resource/default.aspx?id=10.2505%2f4%2fss09_032_09_22 The second includes an activity to help students understand stoichiometry: http://common.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/4/tst13_080_07_44 Do you think you will be able to use these in your class next semester? Does anyone else have ideas to add? -Megan

Megan Doty
Megan Doty
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