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Personalizing Science

Kathryn L. Stout, B.S.Ed., M.Ed.
Published: March/April 2006
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Children begin with a curiosity about the world around them. If that has faded, these suggestions for adding a personal connection may restore their enthusiasm:

These are just a few approaches that can motivate kids; there are more in my workshop tape Science That Sticks. If you are hesitating because it seems easier to just hand your kids a book to read, hand them Science Scope*. They can look up the topic of interest and use the detailed list that follows as a working outline to direct their research. Having such a framework makes it much easier to sift through information that might otherwise seem overwhelming. This also frees them to choose resources they find appealing and understandable. The happy result is that without even realizing it, they are learning how to learn.

*Science Scope by Kathryn Stout gives science standards for grades K-12 by topic. A student may progress through the grade levels as far as his ability allows, or children of different ages can work together, each finding information appropriate for his grade. The teaching ideas include suggestions for using the scientific method, building observation skills, and encouraging discovery. Visit www.designastudy.com for more information.

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