Education - Teachers First

Mar 16, 2011 6:46 PM by Andy Koen

Science teacher engages students through hands-on learning

You would expect to see people doing "the wave" at a football game, but in science class? Well, if you're at Sabin Middle School and the teacher is Chris Smith, you bet.

"Science is definitely more hands on," Smith says. "I feel like it's easier to get them doing labs and then a variety of visuals and all kinds of hands on stuff."

Our March Teachers First award winner teaches the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade science classes at Sabin as well as the gifted and talented SAIL program.  His motto: make lessons fun for the students and you'll enjoy them as well.

"Beyond science, beyond the academics, if they can come in and have a great time learning that's what matters the most."

Smith's focus isn't just on the material at hand. He wants his students to look inside themselves and see how the principles of science can be applied to real life.

"They're going to be discovering things and questioning (things) long after middle school and so it's important to show them how to do it and then provide avenues for them to actually do it."

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