Reflection: Trust and Respect What is a Scientist? - Section 2: Engage:


In my classroom a safe learning community that allows for high level of discourse, starts by teaching trust and respect. I have found that once children feel safe to take risks and share their thinking, learning occurs at a much faster rate.  I like to use the Conscious Discipline program to build a school family.  The students learn seven skills; Composure, Encouragement, Assertiveness, Choices, Empathy, Positive Intent and Consequences.  Through this program, my students learn to see the best in others by remember to helpful not hurtful. They learn that mistakes are opportunities to learn and we have the power to teach others a better way to treat us.  This is done by using words like, "Stop. I don't like it when you.." As my students learn how to interact in a safe way they learn that school is a safe place and it is their job to help keep everyone safe.  They begin to take ownership over their learning and take risks within their learning and social environments.  This safe learning environment allows student to feel comfortable sharing their deep thinking and ideas.

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What is a Scientist?

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Objective: SWBAT identify that questioning, observing and discovering new information are what scientists and kid scientists do everyday.

Big Idea: What are Scientists? In this lesson students will explore the idea of research, informational text and science inquiry while learning that they themselves are in fact scientists.

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