"We need a way to keep children bouncing along and excited about learning and discovery in general, despite the barriers and boundaries they come across at school."Well, we don't have the barriers and boundaries of school, and at least, I am trying to avoid erecting them. I'm not sure I have been as successful as I want to be.
Monday, I will start doing biology with my younger science lab students. We will be looking at animal and plant cells through the microscope. They will get the animal cells from inside their cheeks. Looking at your own cells is always more exciting than looking at prepared slides. I hope they will have fun.
The following week we will be isolating DNA, first from peas, and then from their cheek cells. I have only done the cheek cell DNA once before and, of course, the DNA volume is low but it was considered cool by the young scientists. Noach and I will do a trial run of this before the lab, just in case.
So I will keep trying to avoid erecting barriers. They do keep bouncing. I just hope they are excited about learning and discovery. PRM