Editor's Note: November/December 2003by: Chris Ohana

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Is this a familiar scenario in your classroom? As you start your science lesson, a few kids start putting papers away, in anticipation of leaving. The special education resource teacher appears at the door and collects the kids with Individual Education Plans (IEP). These kids miss the science lesson again. Is the extra help some students need for reading, writing, and speaking English necessary? Absolutely. It is the child’s right. But shouldn’t they also have the right to explore the natural world? Or to create art and make music? In this month’s column, the field editor addresses these questions, and shares her thoughts about science education.

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  • on Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:02 PM

This article has remained true over the last 7 to 8 years. Science is neglected and even forgotten when it comes to other subjects but there is a bright side science teachers are now using science as a vehicle to help students with language barriers to learn the language of English. I have taught students who spoke some or no English but when they get involved in an experiment you can engage their understanding of science concepts while teaching the basics of English. Understanding is the best way to reach all students and science provides the gateway that opens the door to a child's understanding no matter what their native language is.

Judith  Lucas-Odom  (Aston, PA)
Judith Lucas-Odom (Aston, PA)

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