Did you love science class as a student? Or, did you find it tedious, difficult, or even just plain boring? I will admit, I did not always love science class as a student. I spent many an hour engaged in what felt like meaningless memorizing and busy work, but despite that, I continued to fall in love with studying God’s creation. I desired to know more about how this world in which we live functions. Each August I ask my incoming freshmen if they love science class. Without fail, I have some students who look at me and boldly say, “No, it’s hard,” or some will say, “It’s so boring.” And then I look at them and explain that my goal is to have them walk out of my class in May loving science more than when they entered my class in August.
Each of these students, whether they recognize it or not, began their lives loving science. Every human being does. Spend any time with a young child and you will recognize this truth. Young children actively observe the natural world with a sense of awe and wonder, curious about the workings of each detail. Why is the sky blue? How come the waves crash on the beach? Young children consistently predict and carry out investigations about how they think the natural world works. Ever watch a child play with a marble run? They build an apparatus based upon what they think will cause the marble to move faster, they then test their prediction, and finally augment their design based upon what they discover. That child conducted science without even knowing it. So what happens? How do our students go from budding scientists who love discovering more about the natural world to students who dislike science class? I submit to you that those students have lost their sense of wonder at the natural world and view science class as an exercise in memorizing information.
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If we teach science as a subject of inquiry and discovery, students never lose that sense of awe and wonder at the natural world. And they will begin again to love science, to love studying God’s creation.
Mrs. 达拉麦当劳 serves as Lead Teacher in the Rhetoric School and also as an instructor in the CCS Rhetoric School science department. She currently teaches AP Physics I and Honors Physics. Mrs. McDonald holds a B.S. in Biology (Pre-Med concentration) from the University of 损伤yland, College Park, an M.Ed. in Science Education from North Carolina State University, and a Master’s Certification from ACCS. She has served on the faculty of Cary Christian for the past ten years and has a total of thirteen years of experience teaching in classical Christian schools. In addition to her teaching role at CCS, Mrs. McDonald also coaches the varsity field hockey team. She and her husband, Tim, have four children, all of whom are students at CCS.