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Science in the Classroom

Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:48 PM

I am currently a student teacher teaching science to a third grade class. The students love science but some times it can get a little out of hand when we are doing experiments (ex. talking, horse playing). What are some ways that would help with managing the students behavior?

Julie Ho
Julie Ho
130 Activity Points

Sun Dec 24, 2017 3:18 PM

I don't mind students talking during experiments when the discussion is about the topic at hand. Make sure you set the expectation and model what a productive discussion looks like. You may have to have a set of questions prepared in advance. My students create science journals so they must record their findings and draw some sketches. The number one thing we review every time is that safety is the #1 priority. If students are horse playing then someone could get hurt and that is not an option.

Pamela Dupre
Pamela Dupre
83283 Activity Points

Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:50 PM

Hi Julie. I am also a student teacher. I am student teaching in a 4th grade math and science class. I can sympathize. While, my mentor teacher and I have not done any experiments with the students, they get rowdy when doing activities such as, illustrating weathering and erosion. I can imagine how rowdy it could get during an experiment. Yes, safety is a big concern with students not following rules during experiments. One way I would suggest to manage behavior is to perhaps separate the students that cannot work together and follow rules. If the students are working in groups rearrange the groups. Another suggestion would be to have the students sign an agreement about following the rules and being safe. The students need to be held account. Accountability is a good behaviors management.

Isabel Asker
Isabel Asker
150 Activity Points

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