Typical lecturing methods are not adequate when it comes to teaching science and other related subjects. Scholars and researchers recommend advanced ideas such as virtual teaching and stimulations to help the students develop a better understanding of the science subjects.
Students will love to explore the world of science through experimentation much more than just listening to facts and findings of science. These creative teaching methods can help students engage in a deeper more thoughtful way with science:
Students love listening to stories. A teacher will get their attention easily by telling them interesting stories. Biology lends itself to lots of story telling. Students will engage and learn better if a teacher uses stories to explain the facts of biology.
The human brain is more susceptible to remembering stories than just plain facts. As a teacher, you can use a story to explain the whole concept or use it to open and close a topic.
Either way, ensure storytelling has a role to play. It may be the highlight of the day for some students and the conversation in the playground over lunch.
When little, kids need to wonder, ask questions and explore science. As a parent, introduce your kids to the world of science by loading your house with nonfiction books, puzzles and toys that will help them relate with the natural world.
Let your kids access fun science tools such as binoculars, microscopes and test tubes while still in their tender age. So much can be learnt through self-exploration & experimentation.
It may be you set a challenge for the kids to find 3 different species of insects in the garden. Take time to identify what insects the kids have found. A great starting point for a project.
Organise for your students to visit a science museum as part of their science learning process. Giving your students access to innovative resources will help them visualise the information they have learnt in class.
Often science museums are very hands on and at various times of the year may have special exhibitions. Get date for these exhibitions from museum staff so you can tie in certain learning outcomes with special exhibitions the museums have.
Teachers should take the initiative to take their students to theatres that show science movies. This will help to show the application of scientific concepts clearly. For example, space movies can be used to show space facts for kids.
Other than being entertained, science movies will capture the attention of your students and help illustrate diverse science concepts that apply in the real world. Besides using textbooks, teachers can use science-based documentaries to introduce science to kids also.
Using science songs is a creative and fun way of teaching kids science. Look up science songs online if you are not able to create one. Science songs can be used to introduce kids to botany, biology, astronomy, earth science and physical science.
Song is a great way to memorise facts and figures. It is a also helpful in remembering the order things were put. For example I remember the colours of the rainbow and their order through song.
Ask your students to build blocks of science that explain the diverse aspects of the real world. Let them build the models using the scientific knowledge that they have already acquired in science lessons. Be sure to offer supportive guidance in their building.
So many options here for explorative learning. Boys, especially engage with this hand on learning. They will concentrate better and be less disruptive.
Everyone loves a bit of drama. So from an early age lets kids be involved in experiments where there is a bit of excitement.
Bicarb and vinegar bubbling up to make a volcanic effect. Add a little bit of red food colouring and it looks lava. This is just one example of safe experiments that you can do round the house and classroom easily to engage kids with science. The options really are endless!
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