Rich content needed to teach critical thinking
We do our best to pack our missions full of content! Many of you have written to me with stories about the amazing work your students do when engaged in our missions. It makes us so happy to hear these stories! I saw evidence to support this premise over and over again in my classroom too. Content matters!!! While we certainly don't expect students to fully understand the way a resistivity test works, there is little doubt that interacting with such juicy content has far reaching benefits!
In a time when it seems more and more schools are minimizing science and social studies content for their youngest students in favor of a hyper-focus on isolated literacy skills, it is critical to take a step back.
"research from the last 30 years shows that young children are far more capable in engaging in reasoning than we once thought. Scientists now think that cognitive development is more gradual and starts young. "
We know students learn best when they care and that rich content is essential to learning vital skills. We are so proud of the many teachers we know who take the time to bring that content to students. We are honored to know you and to support you in bringing the best to your students.
Meet Beth and Curtis!
Presidential Award-Winning teacher and hula hoop fanatic, Beth loves bringing real world science to kids! Beth is fascinated by engineering challenges, technology, and outdoor learning spaces. After 25 years teaching kindergarten, she’s excited to share her passion and experience on-line with classrooms from around the world!