February 15, 2011
When I was the science lab teacher, I wanted to make science relevant to the daily lives of my students. I created a large display in the hallway called "Science in the News." I did not mention it to the kids. I cut out articles and photos from the newspaper and from online. I displayed them with a brief summary.
Once the kids began to notice it, they stopped to read the display and began to talk about the articles in class. I then began to introduce articles in class, as time allowed. As interest built, I offered extra credit for students who found articles and wrote about them. I provided a basket of articles for students who did not get a paper at home and/or did not have computer access.
These articles opened their eyes to local topics such as oyster farming and national topics such as wind farms or weather events. I also found that some articles helped me to review or present state standards.