Enter the colored water...
At the beginning of each year, when I'm setting up my classroom, I fill the glass beakers with water and food coloring. Now, those of you who are science teachers might be thinking of a variety of topics that could be linked here:
And, I would love to say that is how my beaker project started. But, 7 years ago, when I moved from 6th grade Social Studies to 5th grade Science, it began because I just thought it looked pretty. Yep, there it is! When students asked me why they were out and colored, I would direct it back with the good old, "Why do YOU think?" So, I was faking it. I was waiting, learning, growing with my students. The content understanding wasn't there yet. As many articles, books, on-line classes that I was taking, and it just wasn't there yet. I was curious, and I was learning with my students. But, I was back to first year teacher again after 7 years in the classroom.
Now, the colored water beakers come to represent a long-term investigation my 5th graders have come to love. We talk variables, indirect evidence, light, thermal energy, water cycle, evaporation...etc! The conversation is a year long one that develops as our understanding of the science develops. So, yes...very cool!
"Fake it till you make it." Science, technology, whatever. Learn and grow with your students. Don't just tread water, but DO give yourself a break. Recognize that no one is an expert at first. We are all still growing and learning in one or another area.
Got a new iPad or class set of iPads? "Fake it till you make it." Look, listen, and learn with your students!
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