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Every student should be provided with high quality teaches who provide high quality instruction in support of student learning and achievement. So then the question is, “How do we make that happen?” Basically, there are two strategies that teachers can employ. One strategy is to use material that is readily available at low or no cost. Strategy number two is to apply for grants and get your community in a partnership with the school. This opinion piece discusses both of these strategies, and focuses on the need for teachers to teach creatively on a small budget.
A selection from The Science Teacher—September 2004
This editorial provides suggestions on how to find, make, or elicit grant money to provide equipment for student inquiry labs. It is short but packed with useful advice and I highly recommend it to teachers at any grade level and for new teachers to consider.
Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN)
The question arises from this article is how can we provide students with the best education in the field they are learning. When it comes to science, keeping up to date requires two things. One is a well educated teacher in the science they are teaching. The second is to have the most up to date equipment and that is usually a costly situation with all the new technology coming out. What this author advocates is the writing of grants to provide the funds needed for this new and therefore expensive equipment. Regardless of what is available money wise, we as educators should use strategies that work such as inquiry-based science, concept attainment and provide safe, creative science experiences.
Adah (San Antonio, TX)
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