Teaching science can be a daunting task especially if it is your first time doing so. The task of teaching, in general, can be intimidating, but it is important to remember why you are doing this. You want to broaden the horizons of young minds and expose them to things they were previously unknown to. Whether you are teaching at the elementary level or up to the high school level, you have to be able to adapt your teaching style and make sure that you are providing them with the best resources and information they will need to succeed. Here are some tips that can help first-time science teachers.
For younger students who are between the ages of 8-12, their critical thinking skills are very important for brain maturation. For this reason, it is essential to keep them stimulated. Science gives you that opportunity as you need to form hypotheses to predict what will happen next in an experiment. So try asking them such questions like what will happen next? Or why did that happen? Doing so will force them to push through their thought processes and truly see how the world works. As you go higher in age, you will want to continue challenging their critical thinking. So, try and get them thinking about deeper questions like, what difference can technology have on the environment? These questions will get them engaged to science more excitingly.
You don’t want your students to feel bored or unengaged with the material. Especially at a younger age, they may not have the patience to wait and see the results for a certain part of an experiment. So, try having them begin setting up the next part of an experiment or even read interesting books that relate to the topic you are covering. For older students, you may consider using a multidisciplinary approach and incorporate other subjects into what your teaching. For example, you can create a catchy song about the topic you are going over to help them remember the material.
As children begin to develop their math and problem-solving skills, you can take advantage of this and have them put these skills to the test. Give your students opportunities to measure materials like liquid and dry ingredients by using metric and standard measurements. This form of teaching will foster their independent thinking which will be beneficial for them as they get older. By high school, they have already developed these skills and can utilize them in subjects such as chemistry and physics. For those who seem to be struggling a bit, try utilizing a DVD or online course to help supplement the material.