How to Use Students’ Daily Lives as Inspiration When Teaching Science

Sometimes it is easier to teach using the known than the unknown. Students may grasp the science curriculum better if they can relate to what they are learning. If teaching mechanical engineering, you may consider using the bus the students use as an example. Smartphones provide an excellent example when teaching students the value of science. This is an excellent time to involve the students in looking at the progress made in technology. For example, the evolution of the television sets to what they are today. Some of the students may have lived through some of these changes, and they will understand and appreciate the reason why science is necessary.

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In this article in academicpartnerships.uta.edu, the author discusses why science education is critical from early education.

Reasons for the introduction of science in early education

“Why is science education important in our schools? We are surrounded by technology and the products of science every day. Public policy decisions that affect every aspect of our lives are based in scientific evidence. And, of course, the immensely complex natural world that surrounds us illustrates infinite scientific concepts. As children grow up in an increasingly technologically and scientifically…” read more here

Introducing science in early education is vital because children at that age are eager to learn. They are inquisitive about everything around them. The science curriculum in early education is aimed at answering some of the questions the children have. For example, where do clouds come from? How do you measure the speed of the wind? How do plants grow from a seed? Introducing science to children helps them to think, observe, analyze, and come up with solutions based on the lessons they have learned in class.

In this article, Prof. Kate Susman focuses on the importance of including science in the education curriculum.

Why it is crucial to integrate science into the curriculum

“I am working as a Class Advisor in the Dean of Studies office. I talk with many of the students who seek general advice about academic matters. Many students, often who have taken AP courses in science in high school, say to me, “Science is not for me.” “I’m not a sciency-type.” “I’m not interested in science.” Why not? These same students, to get into this liberal arts college, took science and math…” read more here

Science is not a subject. It tells a story of the evolution of theories as told by different scientists. No present-day scientist came up with a theory without going back to what other scientists discussed. Science makes it possible for students to analyze how the earth came to be when they learn the big bang theory. The reason some students consider science hard is because it demands much thought to be put on the subject through observation and analysis before a conclusion is reached. Science helps the students to utilize some of the lessons they learn in class in their everyday lives. For example, when faced with a dilemma out of class, students of science will analyze the problem before determining the best course of action.

In this article, Miriam discusses some of the challenges she faced as a science student.

Dangers of neglecting science before middle school

“Since I was young, I had many distractions in life that detracted me from my studies – computer games, going out with friends too often and the likes; not spending enough time preparing for tests and examinations. Not having a tutor to teach the proper methods to study for examinations, I did not do well in Secondary 2. The addition of the many subjects (Humanities, Social Studies, Design…” read more here

Students need to understand that the science they learn in early education will be referred to when they get to middle school. Assuming that they will catch up with science when they get to middle school is a fallacy. Middle school science has its challenges. It will be even harder for students to grasp elementary science at this stage since they failed to fulfil what was expected of them in the earlier years.

From an early age, students need to be taught the value of what they are learning irrespective of subject. However, students need to appreciate that what they are learning is not inconsequential. They will need the knowledge attained at every level of education later, even if it does not seem like it at the time. Parents and teachers can use the environment where the children are growing to help them understand science better.