As a future science educator there are key tenets that define the Nature of Science, which should be incorporated into the classroom. By making students aware of the Nature of Science and engaging them in these main features, they are able to build upon both their knowledge and understanding of science. Our most recent Methods class focused on bringing the Nature of Science to the classroom. We were asked if in the past week we brought to the students’ attention a moment that reflected the Nature of Science. We were then asked if it was planned. Since we didn’t get to share out to the whole group, I would like to hear some of your experiences and I will share mine.
In my placement last week, I built upon an original lab that would be implemented to the students. I added my own twist to the Post- Lab Questions by having students provide evidence from their lab that supported their answers. In a particular class a couple of students were hesitant about having to provide evidence. They wondered why I had added “extra work” to their lab. I saw the opportunity and embraced it. I gave the class a scenario. I asked them this: If you were really sick with the flu and had two options on medicine to buy, which one would you choose? Would you buy something that simply says “this will make you feel better?” Or, would you buy something that states, “in a study of 100 people, 80 people were relieved from flu symptoms within 24 hours, and all showed improvement within 48 hours?” When nods started occurring and understanding swept across the students’ faces, I told the class “Statements are more powerful with evidence.” They all agreed. I then brought in the Nature of Science and discussed how explanations in science need to be supported by evidence to be accepted. After that unexpected side lesson on a component of the Nature of Science, the students didn’t bring up having to do the “extra work” again.