One of the benefits of traveling around the country with our Science Boot Camp Tour is getting to talk with teachers and learn from their insights. The Science Museum Oklahoma hosted a one-day workshop for area teachers and the response was great. I’ve invited participants to share some of their take-home ideas and ways they’re using the content from the workshop in their classroom (although it’s only been a few weeks).
I also heard two comments that I thought were interesting. One of the content areas we talk about in the workshop is the importance of recycling as it applies to soda bottles. A teacher commented that she hosted a group of foreign exchange students over the summer and was surprised to hear them comment about the size of our trashcans. Out of all of their experiences in the U.S. over the summer, they were amazed by the volume of trash Americans produce on a weekly basis. Enough said.
The second comment came from a pre-service teacher who shared this… “I was taught to use science as something the kids got to do at the end of the week… if they were good.” It’s reaffirming to know that kids love to do science and might possibly “be good” for an opportunity to get to do more science in class. But… it’s also important to realize that science is too often treated as an extra-curricular activity – something that is fun to do at the end of the week… if the kids are good.
Did these comments strike you in the same way? What are your thoughts?
Thanks to Sherry Marshall from the Science Museum Oklahoma and her staff for their great hospitality. If you’re ever in Oklahoma City, stop by the museum and be sure to catch the Science LIVE show. The presenters do an amazing job!
Getting to test drive one of the Segways at the museum is just another added perk.