1) Culture: Freedom school’s morning harambee impressed me deeply of the culture of freedom school and the culture of black communities. It is such a energy, excitement and optimism that provoke students’ inner power and I can not stop interacting with them. The morning rap, dance and all atmosphere inspired my thinking to build connection with them via access to their culture. I was so excited to be with these kids and surprised by their talent in music. But as a teacher who have not much experience immersed in such kind of culture, which is dominant in the whole classroom, how could I build relationship with these kids with trust and engage them in learning?
2) Who do you think most like a scientist?
Honestly speaking, the result totally blows my mind. Barton and Yang (2000) pointed out that the image of scientist frequently projected in science curricula is that of the western-assured, technologically powerful manipulator and controller, a white male wearing a lab coat and glasses. If that is the case, Ian will be the ideal scientist image in student’s mind; however, something that is beyond my expectation is students’ keen observation of us and multiple ways of understanding scientist, not simply through appearance, but also through way of doing science. Students mentioned words such as, doing hands-on work, taking samples, clipboard, which means writing record and speaking like scientist, from students answers, sound like scientist. And also, students answered the impression of scientist are professional and smart. There is one student written, a girl. All these answers challenge the predominant image of white dominant scientist image.
3) Observations of water
Most students noticed the “dirt” or “mud” in the water, through the direct observation. Several students do observation through sense of smell. Other students noticed the difference between lake water and river water. The biggest implication of this activity in our camp, is to help students understand what is “observation”. In terms of content knowledge, what is “dirty” or “polluted” water? How to measure the water is “dirty” or clean?
4) Questions of water
Most students are wondering what is in the water and if the water is clean. But students have some wrong understanding of a scientific question and non-scientific question. So it is our objective to help them understand scientific question and formulate scientific questions. （Contd）