Re: Topics for discussion-Science

From: Stephanie Wong <>
Subject: Re: Topics for discussion-Science
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997 20:52:03 -0700 (MST)

What grades do you teach?  Where?

No, actually, I don't think there are too many topics in a school year.  I
just find that the teaching is going at a rather slow pace.  However, I do
believe that there should be a mix of activities and writing.  A "mix" is
okay, too much of one thing is not good.
- Too much writing makes things boring, therefore causing loss of interest
by the students.
- Too much activities slows things down a lot.

Perhaps trying to combine different topics into one; how they relate
together.  The real world is not divided into topics so why should teaching?
Like humanities, instead of english and social studies (isn't in the states
you don't have social and instead have geography and history?).  But of
course, the purpose here is to combine topics within a subject. :)

I think activities (projects) tend to benefit the lower-marked students.
This helps to boost up their mark.  It tends to hurt higher-marked students
because it is hard to get a high mark in a project.  Tests, on the other
hand, are simple to get high marks as long as you know the material.  So
testing knowledge is better with tests.

So too, do we have Provincial exams in May!  Then in June, it's the finals!
In science, though, the final is made by the teacher, but of course, this is
JH, and you teach HS, eh?

Grade 10 students with no computer skills.......that's very odd.  In the
computer age, almost ever youth knows how to use a computer.  Great time to
teach them.


At 10:38 12:58 26/12/97 -0500, you wrote:
>Stephanie and All;
>You must be a really good teacher Stephanie! Sounds like you realize that
>the most important things for children to learn tend to be the hardest to
>quantify with a test. This is why so many home schoolers object to
>nationally standardized testing. At first glance it sounds like a good
>idea, but when the test content is composed it puts rigid barriers on what
>needs to be taught that year! I also believe that most formal curricula
>tries to cover too many different topics in a school year. It might look
>good on paper to say that you have taught this nice long list of topics,
>but when you only have so much time to do it in you end up with the
>educational equivalent of the "30 second sound bite". 
>At 07:41 PM 12/23/97 +0000, you wrote:
>>Interesting topic on teaching of Science.  I am guilty of what you say as I
>>am a science teacher myself in Montreal.  However, the education system
>>does not allow you to be creative but linear and narrow minded.  I have a
>>curriculum to cover and at the end there is a Provincial exam or a common
>>exm set up by the school board.  So I have to aim for the exams . As a
>>teacher we are judged by the number of students passing these EXAMS and not
>>on the process or what the students have learned.  However, I try to make
>>it as interesting as possible by including experiments that are related to
>>what I am teaching.  
>>Unless the students are very cooperative, as a teacher one could quickly
>>cover the cutrriculum and move on to more interesting areas of science like
>>what you said.  Let students learn what interests them and open them to the
>>different fields of science.  Unfortunately th system is not set up that way.
>>I have grade 10s who have no computer skills at all!!!!!  To summarize as a
>>teacher I think we should help students in the process of learning and
>>infromation gathering.  Rather than information giving note taking!
>>Good topic for discussion!