If you think like a scientist, you are a scientist!
What does it mean to think like a scientist? From birth, children engage in the scientific process in its most essential form; children are innately curious and use their senses to collect data and make meaning of the world around them. Throughout this year, Lower Lab students will be challenged to use scientific thinking to address real world problems and to improve their own lives and the lives of others.
Over the next few weeks, I look forward to introducing myself to the students and sharing with them a bit about myself. Through a number of fun and challenging team building games and activities we will strive to foster a collaborative and collegial environment, where all students feel welcomed, safe, and willing to take on academic risks.
Additionally, students will work together to come up with their own working definition of what science is and what thinking like a scientist means to them. Students will then post some of their ideas on the bulletin board outside of the science classroom.
The DOE Science Scope and Sequence serves as the underlying foundation for our science program. The scope and sequence is itself based on what are known as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which strive to ensure that students master not only content knowledge, but scientific practices as well. Below, you will find a brief overview of the DOE Science Scope and Sequence. The full version can be found here.
I am thrilled and honored to join the Lower Lab community and would like to thank everyone for such a warm welcome!
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.