Elementary Science – Assignment Example

One of the most important concepts in this chapter, I believe, is the concept that children must be encouraged to learn for themselves both how to engage in science and how to appreciate and enjoy science. As the book points out, this is not something that should be done without direction or without some assistance in helping them come to appropriate conclusions, but the teaching of science to younger children should not consist of a series of activities in which they are expected to come to a ‘right’ answer. If the teacher and everyone else already knows what the answer is supposed to be, there is no excitement of discovery for the child and no sense of ownership of the question. While it is very easy to fall into the habit of focusing on what the children learn as a means of filling the curricula requirements, the book points out the perhaps greater importance of focusing on how they learn in order to help them reach their greater potential.
For me, this was an important lesson because I tend to get bogged down in the details of the lesson plan and constantly fight against insisting that the children follow my plan. Teaching requires flexibility and enabling the children to develop their skills of deduction and reasoning rather than simply leading them step by step to the conclusions you want them to reach. I think it’s a really good idea to teach children how to engage in scientific processes when they’re younger than middle school age because it is when they are very young that they are attempting to find ways of making sense of the world around them. At this time in their lives, it would be easier to get them involved in asking their own questions and then developing ways of researching and testing the possible answers in order to come to a logical and scientific conclusion. By getting them excited in this process and proving to them how they can take their new skills into the world outside of school, the teacher is giving them the foundational tools they will need for lifelong learning.