Review: This story is set in Paris, France, one hundred years ago. A famous high wire acrobat has lost his nerve and the ability to perform until he discovers that Mirette, the daughter of his innkeeper, is trying to teach herself how to walk the wire. The book tells the story of mastering a skill, but it also shows how the girl helps the man to overcome his own fears. Beautifully illustrated by the author.
For many teachers, using toys is inconsistent with their notions of "doing science." yet, scientists often make comments about "playing around" with equipment, ideas, or other aspects of experimental designs. I began a recent workshop for teachers by asking them to engage in an activity that modeled the value of toys as tools of science.
This once stereotypical urban school has become a center of purposeful activity and experiential learning. In 1994, as a newly designated Science and Technology Magnet School, the Y.E. Smith staff was charged with the task of designing and implementing an innovative kindergarten-fifth grade curriculum that would not only attract a diverse population of families but increase student achievement on North Carolina End-Of-Grade tests in third through fifth grades.
Students learn science best when they can make connections between the content and their personal experiences. Here I propose a way to help students make connections to the concept of center of gravity through first exploring using their own bodies. By guiding students in exploring center of gravity, teachers can actively involve students in the learning process and reach a wide variety of learning styles.