Mrs. Janice Mockaitis, Meadowbrook science teacher since 1998 attended a course called A Vision and Plan for Science Teaching and Learning. This multi day course started during the last school year and ended with a final follow up session this summer. The instructor, Brett Moulding, compiled his teaching experience and research to formulate a process of teaching science which engages the students to build up on their natural curiosity about the world around them. Using the students desire to understand and make sense of the phenomena in their world, Mr. Moulding taught how to develop science lessons based on asking good questions, finding patterns or cause and effect relationships, and then combining these with basic core concepts or facts.
Since this course, Mrs. Mockaitis has worked on tailoring more of our science lessons at the Meadowbrook School to include this new vision for teaching our students. It is exciting to see that some of the benefits of using this method include the students having a better understanding of science related events in their world, increased student participation, and continued desire to learn why or how things happen.