Academic journal article Science Scope

Beyond the Classroom Walls

Academic journal article Science Scope

Beyond the Classroom Walls

Article excerpt

It is no secret that students learn best when the topic they are studying interests them or relates in some way to their lives outside of school. With a little work and planning, science teachers should be able to make science content relevant to just about everything in their students' lives and environment. Below are some practical suggestions for adding relevancy to your teaching:

* Use a real-world connection that touches the lives of your middle school students to introduce a new topic of study. After students reveal their interests, concerns, knowledge, and personal experiences with the real-world connection, introduce the related labs, text, terms, and formulas. Linking physics and the laws of motion to sports is an excellent example of first making a real-world connection to something students enjoy, and then teaching the applicable science content afterwards.

* Use real-world "hooks" in your assessments by transforming them into scenarios that students must explain using the information they have learned in class. A good example of this is asking students to use Bernoulli's Principle to explain why it is dangerous to stand too close to the edge of the tracks as a train approaches the station.

* Bring in speakers from industry, the community, or government agencies to talk to students about content connections, careers, issues, etc. …

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