5. Many students enjoyed the time to cut, paste, and color various foldables; however that time ate up so much valuable activity and lab time.
4. Interactive note-booking seems "babyish" to advanced students of this age and it is the opposite for struggling learners. They have trouble keeping a notebook for the entire school year organized and in one piece.
3. Lab activities and inquiry-based learning is so much MORE FUN than cutting and pasting!!!
2. I attended the BWISER (Buckeye Women in Science and Engineering Research Institute at the College of Wooster, which is a science camp for 7th and 8th grade girls. This camp was life-changing in my role as teaching intern. I really learned how valuable inquiry-based learning can be, especially when helping girls become interested and successful in science careers.
1. I started my master's degree this past summer. It will a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Science Education. This program is 100% focused on using inquiry and research to teach science. I have read countless research this summer on the best ways to teach science and a proven model, based on research of Piaget and Vygotsky, is the Learning Cycle Model. Learning and applying this teaching model to my classroom has transformed me as a teacher. My students love coming to science and are begging for more activities. Instead of just memorizing facts and diagrams, they are doing science and retaining concepts, because they have first-hand experience. Its amazing to watch a student discover and define a concept before my formal instruction because of an exploration I have planned. I firmly believe all subjects should be taught using the Learning Cycle Model, which is also know as the 5e Model. Watch for resources using this model.