Recently I asked a class what they thought their greatest challenges would be in teaching science. They came up with a great list. Here it is:
- Preparing students for state exams while giving students a positive outlook of science
- Familiarity with classroom manipulatives. How to choose right/appropiate outside readings and material.
- Change in mindset when moving to a learner focused teaching method. Changing nature of science based on what is currently known
- How to create a rubric that can be used to effectively assess students in a timely manner.
- How to tailor class plans, activities, and scientific language for students of different ages and different skills.
- Increase pressures on a teachers “teaching” time, including planning and assessment time. How to fit science into 40 minute periods?
- Lack of institutional commitment to science. Expense, storage and choice of science materials.
- How to keep students on task in the science classroom. Coming up with activities that will spark imagination and fit the curriculum.
I was taken aback at how many of these questions still dog me today when I am creating lesson plans and thinking about how to address a new topic. In fact in teaching this very Science Education class this semester, I have been wrestling with many of these same issues.
What do you think?