I don’t think there is anything as exciting to me as an educator than a conversation about teaching and learning that involves educators at all levels contributing faster than I can keep track. Tonight, educators from Massachusetts to Washington state at the elementary, middle school, high school and college level came together to discuss science education. As with many discussions of this kind, I left energized and with more questions at the end than I had at the start.
- What is the right balance of skills and content to ensure our students are interested, informed and ready to be life-long, self-directed learners?
- How can we use the limited financial resources we have to provide an equitable and excellent science education for all students, no matter which school district they attend?
- How can we work together as educators to support each other and collaborate to make all curricula richer and more rewarding?
- Will new standardized tests come along to undermine the focus on investigation and critical thinking?
These are just a few of the questions I will be pondering in the days, weeks, and months ahead as we wait to learn the direction science education in Massachusetts and the US will take.