Your students can be curious.
Motivation doesn’t have to be a mystery.
Teaching is hard, but it doesn’t have to be this hard.
As a science teacher early in my career, I struggled with student engagement. I wondered why my students didn’t seem to care? Why weren’t they curious? Why didn’t they get how cool this stuff really was!?
I burnt myself out with late nights of lesson planning, endless grades to “hold students accountable,” and long days in class as I fought to keep their attention, stretch their motivation, and push my students to learn.
I didn’t realize there was a path with less resistance.
That all changed when I discovered how to build my science classroom on three-dimensional exploration and discovery.
It's time to put the work of learning on the learners.
In NGSS-aligned, student-driven science classrooms,
The SOS System: Foundations Objectives
Reevaluate how we launch science learning in order to better engage and motivate our students to step up and into their own learning journey. Use phenomena to create cohesive learning experiences.
Rethink how we get our students from “A to Z” in order to reach curriculum goals while empowering students to take more responsibility for their experience and meet their own needs. Use storylines to embrace a student-driven approach.
Transform our role in the classroom from teacher to guide to create space for three-dimensional exploration and discovery in order to deepen learning and improve understanding and retention