The reason behind my science teacher mediocrity just has to do with my personality. I simply never asked why the sky is blue, how a motor works, what makes the world go round. I've always been more than fine with accepting Mother Nature as she is and not questioning her every move.
But students are not that way. They are these little inquisitive geniuses always asking me questions I don't know the answers to. So it stretches me and forces me to become a science person, although that is not who I naturally am. But I've been better for it.
So, at least I have electricity going for me. All you have to do is pull out some circuits, and these kids are excited and happy for days!
Here's an email from a mom the afternoon after we spent an hour doing electricity stations:
What an awesome parent, too, huh? Then one of my precious little girls brought in her own homemade robot.
And click on the pic below for a little snippet of the excitement you can see and hear in the students during our stations:
So, my tip to non science-minded teachers like me is to pull out some circuit experiments. I know every year when I teach this unit, I will actually for a brief week or two feel like a super science teacher who actually knows what she's doing
Have a great week, fellow teacher compadres!