## Science Pedagogy in My Classroom

January 19, 2019 by anon

Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.
~ Carl Sagan

Being primarily a middle school Physics teacher, I also teach General Science in the primary grades. Considering the difference in the ages of my two group of learners, I make an effort to incorporate different approaches to teach the common topics. Owing to the limited time available to complete the syllabus (as every school will have various extracurricular and sports activities), I may not be able to use these for every possible concept. However, I do use them in those topics where I can include experiments or quote age appropriate real life examples that they can explore.

Another thing that I keep in mind is the numerical problems. If I am teaching the speed and give them a set of random values like, “A car covers a distance of 5000km in 6minutes, calculate the speed.” it is mathematically right and possible to solve, but can a car travel such a great distance in so less a time interval? Some of the children just solve and give me the answer, then when I ask them, they wear their thinking caps. Practicality of the given scenario is gradually fed into their minds so that they always analyze before answering any question in future. I take them to the ground, they have a running race and then they are told to calculate their own speeds, compare, change the distance, change the time and compare their own previous answers etc whenever time permits. It gives them more clarity when they do it than when they use a set of values given in the class (generally, practical knowledge gives them a hands on feel more than theory). Pursuing a computer science post graduation myself, I encourage more ppt presentations by my students as it would make them prioritize information and organize the information at hand too. This helps them to filter data and use only what is relevant, thus encouraging them to talk/answer to the point. They will eventually, learn to express their views with clarity and brevity.

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge
~ Albert Einstein

Guest post written by Tulasi G

Tulasi is a middle school physics teacher. She has completed her B Sc and B Ed from Bangalore University. She loves to write poems and click photographs.

### 3 comments on "Science Pedagogy in My Classroom"

• Tulasi says:

Thank you.

• Manisha Shashiraj Shetty says:

The right approach to the teaching of science can indeed make children into analytical and critical thinkers which are essential 21st century life skills.