Which standard in science do other science teachers feel is the most important one to impart, in a high school setting? In my opinion, problem solving using scientific method and being able to back up a hypothesis with evidence, is the most important standard for science educators to focus on. What standards in science do you focus on the most in your classes?
This discussion to me highlights the ever-important need that we as teachers have to meet. Whatever subject we teach, students must be able to see the relevance of the skills they are developing and nurturing to their future lives. Clearly in science, critical thinking and evidence based observation are crucial skills that we all need.
I think scarletpimpernel has it just right. What better combination of life skills can a student (or an adult!) learn and master than to think critically and write effectively. Those are two life skills which are invaluable for any future career.
I agree with poster one. The ability to think critically and back up our opinions with facts and details is a cross curricular ability. In addition when students wonder "When will I ever use this," there is a real connection to that type of thinking and all life areas outside of the classroom.
I certainly agree with Posts 1 and 2. First, one of my primary standards for AP English Language is to teach my students how to think and write logically. More and more every year, the AP English Lang. exam includes passages from scientific journals or books; so the more exposure students have to forming supportable hypotheses, the better they will perform in all their classes.
As Post 2 states, students should be writing in all of their classes. As an English teacher, I know that writing is difficult and time-consuming to grade, but if more schools emphasized writing logically across the curriculum, more of our students would be able to think and write effectively in any setting.
As a side note, I don't teach science and never have, but I use the unit analysis skills that I learned in high school chemistry on almost a daily basis.
I think you have probably chosen the most important.If we can teach students, in all subjects, to use evidence that is available to them to problem solve we are providing them with a skill that will prove very valuable to them throughout live.
One of the most overlooked aspects in the science curriculum is the problem with writing. I usually have the same writing standards in writing reports in a science class, I generally teach oner every few years, as when I teach AP English Literature. I do as much wrirting in all of my classes so they can explain writing what they are talking about.