Raise your hand if you’re a scientist!

I received the greatest compliment while sitting at the lunch table with a mixed age group of my students who are enrolled in the end-of-school-year camp. The children were playing a conversation-starter game they’ve developed of asking the lunchers to raise their hand if they fall into the named group (have a red lunch box, have an apple in their lunch, like to eat pretzels…). Then a five-year-old sitting next to me called out, “Raise your hand if you’re a scientist!” and all the hands went up.

What a gift to have confirmation that the science activities we did throughout the three years I taught him were seen as a process with the students as the central actors, and that all the children self-identify as scientists. Thank you to my students.

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  1. Marie Faust Evitt
    Posted June 28, 2009 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    That’s a great story, Peggy. Along similar lines, one thing I do with children is talk about how we are scientists and review the vocabulary words of scientist and experiment. We clap out the syllables of each word and make the American Sign Language Sign for the words. One day when we had pajama day and children brought their stuffed animals to school the children were getting a little silly. I told them that they needed to show their stuffed animals what big girls and boys do at school or the animals might not know how interesting school is. One girl said, “We should teach the animals how to do science. Let’s clap out the words and make the signs.” Marie Faust Evitt

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