A teacher can be an amazing teacher. In science workshops and seminars, I teach teachers how to do magic.
I grew up in a family of professional magicians, but my 13 years in the classroom didn’t involve a lot of magic other than science magic, like water floating upside down in a glass, or a ping pong ball floating on a stream of air.
Teachers are aware of how important it is to teach content. Sometimes they need to stop for a moment and learn how to be a presenter of science.
I teach you how to put the coin in your hand and make it disappear. It’s a technique used by magicians to grab our attention. It excites us. Makes us want to know how it works. And it can be worked into the Five E’s: it excites the kids, makes them want to explore, engages them in learning and experiment in the process and, finally, evaluates their learning.
And it can be as simple as a little experiment with the vanishing coin.
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