I was struggling to make science exciting. I lacked confidence in it when I was at school and my subject knowledge could of been called “passable” but not extraordinary.
Steve Spangler though has helped to change my science lessons and made them exciting, inspiring, engrossing and fundamentally unrecognisable from what they were a few months ago.
I have used so many of the experiments from this site to teach my children science in a much more creative way. Now, they do a different experiment every week and the children, when they realise it’s Wednesday afternoon, go “Yes! Science!”.
This page here, containing various experiments about states of matter, has proven to be the biggest hit with the children so far. We have made disappearing ghost eggs and explained the science behind them. Seen how many drops of water we could fit on a penny and explained the science behind it. Made square bubbles and explained the science behind it. Made our own quick sand and explained the science behind it.
The second part of all those “explained the science behind it” has proven to be the key. The children have learnt so much through doing these fun experiments that they don’t mind that they have to write up their findings as they have had their mind blown by something just half an hour before.
The presentation in their science books is exquisite as they have enjoyed what they have had to do and their books now consistently contain, prediction – about why they think what is happening is happening. Diagram – reflecting what they had to do. Most importantly though – conclusion – after I have explained the science behind these unusual occurrences, they then write it up in their own words. Lower ability get a writing frame.
I wrote the other week about the Times Table Challenge changing my classroom the most this year, however, Steve Spangler is a close second.
Thank you Steve, you are loved in my classroom.
To all you teachers, take a leaf out of Steve’s book and really blow your student’s minds. Their learning and their love of school will improve because of it.