Reflection: Lesson Planning Bringing the Real World to your Class....Visiting Scientists - Section 2: The Visit!!!


During my unit on the Earth's past, my class was fortunate to have visitations from two scientists.  The first was Dr. S. Bruce Archibald a paleontologist from British Columbia.  British Columbia is quite a drive away from our hometown.  When I contacted Bruce, he was excited and more than willing to share his expertise and knowledge with the class.  We opted for a Google Hangout for this visit.  It was the easiest and most logical way to accomplish the task.  

My goal in having the students visit with him was to learn about what it takes to become a paleontologist.  Bruce did not let me down. The lesson was a huge success and literally made the "year" of some of the future paleontologists sitting in the classroom.

Our second visit with a scientist was with my good friend Veronique Robigou (yes, we share the same first name....crazy isn't it)? She is a marine geologist and happened to be traveling through town. While she did, she stopped to visit and spent almost an hour and half with my students sharing her knowledge and expertise.  

Both visits were was planned far in advance and the other was a spur of the moment visit.  When those opportunities arise, it is so critical to grab them and roll with it.  You never know when the chance will land at your door step again.  

I am not afraid to ask scientists to visit.  I have contacts all over the place and I cultivate them.  I know that the difference between what could make one of my students become the next Einstein or DaVinci could simply be that visiting scientist who showed an interest in a seven-year-old child.  

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Bringing the Real World to your Class....Visiting Scientists

Unit 9: Unit 8 - Earth's Past...How Did it Get Here?
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Objective: Students will interact with scientists and learn from their real world work.

Big Idea: Talking to a scientist who spends their days living and breathing in the real world provide opportunities for students to see their possible place in the future of science.

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