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OVERHEARD: “I guess science is my favorite class — I just wish it wasn’t so serious.”

January 24th, 2013 Posted in Around the Web, Family, In the Classroom, Middle School Life

Lisa had asked Maggie, grade 6, about her classes and received the above reply. Which at first struck me as a hilarious thing to say about science. It was like saying, I don’t know, math should be funnier. Social studies, sillier!

But then I realized she might be onto something. When we think of our science teachers, most of them are dry, dull, strict. This is science, this is important: this is serious business!

And in fairness, it often is, kids can get hurt, things might explode.

But then there are those rare science teachers — and scientists like Bill Nye, on television — who bring the joy of discovery into the process. Or should I say, keep the joy. The wonder.

They find the fun and the funny. Like a child with a new toy, figuring out what makes it go. Discovering the awesomeness of it all.

On Facebook I “liked” a site called, “I Love F***ing Science.” I’ve always regretted the F***ing in that title because it makes it harder for me to share with others, especially anyone who might read my books.

This post reflects a few things I’ve picked up from there, and other places.

Just trying to bring the fun, Maggie. I’m glad you like science.

  1. 3 Responses to “OVERHEARD: “I guess science is my favorite class — I just wish it wasn’t so serious.””

  2. By Margaret Preller Osako on Jan 25, 2013

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DK5Z709J2eo&playnext=1&list=PLE9C062E9925F2E66&feature=results_main

    Speaking of making math more fun… I SWEAR it’s possible… I love these vids.

  3. By jimmy on Jan 25, 2013

    Thanks, Cuz. That was crazy & wonderful (& exhausting!). Whew.

    And, yes, fun.

  4. By G&g LuVeR on Mar 25, 2013

    Very funny pics!! Made me smile!!;)

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