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Advantages Of These Physical Science Lessons

Science demonstration- lay a sheet of paper on a bar magnet and sprinkle with iron filings for a spectacular surprise. From science lesson 'Interactive Notes-Magnetism'.

Science demonstration- lay a sheet of paper on a bar magnet and sprinkle with iron filings for a spectacular surprise. From science lesson ‘Interactive Notes-Magnetism’.

Since each of my physical science lessons has been used in a real classroom you know you’re getting more than a great sounding idea that might work. You’’re getting physical science lessons without kinks and with a consistent flow from beginning to end. You’’re also getting a thorough background that reflects what actually happened when I did the lesson with my students, and not what might happen or we hope will.

We all know what it’’s like to try to use a teacher’s guide that’s vague or idealistic; those don’t work because they were dreamed up far from a real classroom! That won’’t happen with my physical science lessons.

This is an excerpt from the lesson- “Interactive Notes-Magnetism

Illustrating Every One Of Your Physical Science Lessons

It’s my firm belief that almost everything in science has a simple explanation, and the best ones include a demonstration with a reference to something students are already familiar with. It’s very important that those illustrations become a central part of each physical science lessons.

Have you ever listened to a speaker who confused you? In your mind you may have thought, “Why don’t you showme what you’re talking about. Give me an illustration, please!” If they finally did give an illustration, then you remember your anxiety letting down. Remember to use word pictures often during your physical science lessons, because that’s how our minds learn best, and also because there’s usually a student in your classroom looking at you starving for an illustration but saying nothing.

“Letting Go” In Physical Science Lessons

To your relief, none of my physical science lessons will ask you to do every thing for every student. In fact, you’’ll notice a complete shift of who does what in my physical science lessons. Students, not you, are the ones doing things. Your job is to stand back and make sure people do what they’re supposed to do, and the outcomes are what they’’re supposed to be. Then you can move in with dialogue when their minds are primed and ready. This method may be uncomfortable for you at first. But the rewards are worth it.

By handing over the best part of your physical science lessons to students- the demonstration- you’re showing trust. Most students will respond to this by rewarding you (and themselves) with a higher level of maturity, and now everyone’’s winning. In my physical science lessons your role is to give students enough clear instruction so they know what to do. But always leave some “play” room that they can use to discover things for themselves. Having come upon something amazing with their own hands, they will naturally go further and manipulate variables, enriching the discussion even more. Now that is real science.

“Intentional” Physical Science Lessons

As you mentally prepare for each physical science lesson that you teach, be intentional about everything. Nothing should happen by accident or by chance (or at least not that many things; a good physical science lesson and class should occasionally reflect real science and encounter surprises).

That’s the beauty of our Yellow Sheet– almost nothing can sneak up on you. Using this method of planning, you’ll overlook no detail. At first it may sound like a lot of work as well as different from anything else you’ve ever done. But if you’re often frustrated with how poorly your physical science lessons go then try the yellow sheet for a week and see how it goes. You’ll find that when you’re intentional and not accidental, you’ll get more done and the tone will be more positive.

What Busyness Does To Your Physical Science Lessons

Do you remember the magician from Frosty The Snowman? He was “busy, busy, busy!! That describes Americans today- always in a hurry trying to accomplish more than we have time for. But things done in a hurry are seldom done well, and that includes the physical science lessons we do in our classrooms as well.

Being busy is not in itself a bad thing, and having more physical science lessons than we have time for should theoretically result in a better learning environment, since we should be choosing to do the strongest lessons and disregarding the weaker ones; we’ll call this natural selection of lesson plans. But sometimes physical science lessons are done just for the sake of doing them, and if most of what we’re “teaching” our students will soon be forgotten, then what’’s the point of even doing it?

My physical science lessons take a more balanced approach. They don’’t try to go all directions at once, nor is it all fluff and fun. There is terminology and concepts, but my goal is also to develop the creative and practical part of each student’s mind. Each of my physical science lessons stays steadily focused on just 1 thing or theme from beginning to end. And they tend to be simple and quiet so that your students can keep a sustained thought and actually have some room left over in their minds to think creatively and to explore.

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