Life Science

Avoiding Lectures When Instructing Life Science

Wed Nov 29, 2017 6:30 PM

Hello, my name is Adam Salberg and I am a student teacher in a middle school science classroom. I am preparing for my thirteen weeks of students teaching in the spring and have been beginning to think about my own personal teaching philosophy. I just completed a two week unit, and I had students fill out an evaluation of my teaching. One of the most common criticisms among the students is that they wish that science could be "more fun". They think that science is mostly just lecturing about a PowerPoint. I will be talking about a lot of life science topics next spring such as taxonomy, ecology, viruses, and anatomy. I was wondering if anyone had any advice about how to avoid lecturing, while also allowing students to learn the material. Obviously for anatomy, you could do dissections (I don't know if the school funds this), but much of the content is informational. Thanks in advance for any advice!

Adam Salberg
Adam Salberg
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Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:59 PM

Hi Adam,

Great question! While we want students to be engaged and have fun, we have to balance that with making sure the content is understood. I found a few articles with some ideas you may be able to incorporate; let me know what you think!

This article includes some fun ways to spend a week engaging with the different levels of classification:
http://common.nsta.org/resource/default.aspx?id=10.2505%2f4%2fss01_025_03_36

And this article includes many different types of graphic organizers to increase understanding through visual literacy:
http://common.nsta.org/resource/default.aspx?id=10.2505%2f4%2fss10_033_09_17

Anyone else have some ways to bring in a fun lesson?
-Megan

Megan Doty
Megan Doty
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