Our Hands-on Science Boot Camp team just returned from two great days in Houston and Dallas where we were privileged to spend some time with teachers who are in the trenches… motivating students… teaching science… and assessing student progress. As I often say, these one-day science workshops serve as a catalyst to get teachers talking about and sharing their best practices and strategies to engage students in the process of doing real science (and having fun at the same time). We talked at length about the value of turning ordinary activities into unforgettable learning experiences and finding ways to integrate science with other parts of the curriculum. I was really impressed with the number of teacher "teams" that attended the workshops – groups of teachers from the same school working together to make their science teaching more effective in grades K-5. It's also encouraging to see teachers developing their own curriculum support materials to further enhance the science benchmarks at the district and state level. All of this aside, I guess the most impressive part to me was to spend time with early childhood and elementary teachers who are truly excited about teaching their students how to think critically, to test variables, to experiment with new ideas and to use their problem-solving skills to make new discoveries. Science education is alive and well in Texas.
If you attended either the Dallas or Houston science boot camp, what did you take away from the experience?