Teaching Traveling: Know a Science teacher anywhere in the world who wants some great lesson ideas? Read on to hear the wonderful curriculum that my colleague, Adam Shopis has created!
Adam, tell us about yourself.
Adam: I grew up in suburban Connecticut. I went to Cornell University for a year and a half to study engineering, but dropped out. I ended up graduating from Bowdoin College with a degree in English. I now teach in Boston Public Schools.
TT: Speaking of English, what is this Science Fair book you’ve written that is sweeping the globe?
A: After over a decade of dreading Science Fair time, I radically transformed the way I do it in my classroom. Actually, it wasn’t so much radical as it was just applying normal teaching techniques to Science Fair. In addition, the awesome 7th grade team (including you!) at my school embraced the idea and used Science Fair as a grade level interdisciplinary experience.
My book “Why Science Fair Sucks and How You Can Save it” focuses on how any Science teacher can finally tame the Science Fair beast. I think there are many Science teachers out there that pull their hair out every year when Science Fair comes around.
My book can help them with that through detailed unit and lesson plans, examples, handouts, links to online documents, and the rationale for each piece.
The teachers who have used the book so far say that it’s totally changed the way they run Science Fair for the better. Science Fair is now both easier to run, and much more useful for student learning.