Our most popular ‘issue’ so far according to student feedback, over 1/3 of students who responded selected this as their ‘top’ issue. Why was ‘Wolves save rivers’ your top issue? “It is interesting and can change your look on wolves.”“Because I found it really interesting how the wolves actually saved the river.”“Because I found it…Read more
IOTW Blog – The art of science teaching and learning
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Why was Mahia Magic your top issue? [Student] “Because I am very interested in astronomy” Major local/global events now get the focus and scrutiny they deserve. Perhaps our own experiences and expectations confined us to labelling parts of a microscope – while in Gisborne, Kiwi innovation and ingenuity led to the launch of the first…Read more
Why was ‘From waste to treasure” your top issue? [Student] “I found this idea very new and advanced. I had no clue humans would be capable enough to produce this product.” Questioning was our main literacy focus in term two. We modelled and built skills on writing different types of questions. Question asking rather than…Read more
“Miss – no one cares!”Not the response we hope for when beginning a lesson, however, it did get me thinking. Why should they care? How can we help young people to engage in Science issues that will affect them and their world? As a colleague pointed out, to become engaged in socio-scientific concerns, students first…Read more
Why was ‘Whale stranding’ your top issue? [Student]“Because they are living animals in need.” This simple resource was launched at the beginning of term one, 2017, when the nation focused on a mass whale stranding, and our junior Science classes continued to focus on how to light a Bunsen burner… despite the heat! Now, do…Read more
Why was ‘Baby elephants in need” your top issue? [Students] “More and more elephants are getting killed every day for their tusks.” “Elephants are not being treated fairly and should get a second chance.” “ Because baby elephants all deserved to be cared for and looked after.” First, we modelled different viewpoints on controversial issues. …Read more