Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:15 PM
Diving Deep Beyond the Basics
I must say I was extremely impressed with this article. To be completely honest, I have the biggest smile on my face as we speak because I simply cannot wait to implement this in my future science classroom. What a student friendly way to implement inquiry in the classroom! As a practicing student teacher in grad school, one aspect of science that I have been grappling with implementing this semester is how to incorporate more inquiry in my science lessons. I know there is a huge push for inquiry, but I have struggled to find ways of how exactly to implement it. I think it is much easier said than done. This article took an over-taught, basic science topic and transformed it to incorporate deeper, critical-level thinking, which I greatly admire. This is a great way to really stretch students when they already know the basics. As a future teacher, it is responsibility to take students to the next level while maintaining their interest, and I think this article does just that. I am so grateful I stumbled upon this!
Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:07 PM
A Great Compromise for Money, Space, and Learning!
Overall, I found this information to be extremely helpful when reading this article from a new teacher standpoint. Since I am unsure where I will be able to find a job or what school district I will work in, I have been questioning throughout this semester how I might implement a garden space if I am in a school that simply does not have one. Although the easiest solution would be just to implement a garden at that school, the technicalities and application of that implementation is obviously not so simple. Not only do you have to “sell” the benefits of garden spaces to school administration for approval, but then they must also allocate funding for the garden project as well. If I were to propose ways to cut financial corners that are provided in this article, I would most definitely raise the chance of getting approved. After reading, I feel much more confident as a new teacher as I am equipped with information and resources for implementing a low budget garden. It is impractical to think that a new teacher could walk in and ask for thousands and thousands of dollars to implement a garden. That is simply not logical. This article is much more practical and provides me with an effective resource tool for advocating for school garden spaces no matter the district I end up working in.