What makes students learn science better
NO matter what method will be used by the teacher in making sure that the students learn, the desired results they want is the same: for their students to learn what the teachers teach to them.
In the present setup in our classrooms, it is common that a mix of the teacher making discussions and the students being active learners through doing things such as working in groups and creating outputs related to the lesson with corresponding summaries and reflections which shows how well the student is able to put what he or she learned into practice.
I realized that if the students were able to put in the work in the subject called Science, they will be able to learn the lesson better. Doing is the new memorizing because experiences last longer in the mind of a person, so we need to make sure that the students put in the work to learn their lessons. It fills the gap between theory and practice.
There are experiments, field work, discussions which tackles stuff including making intelligent guesses out of what the student sees or observes, and creating outputs that helps prove that the student does understand the lesson or helps in teaching the student about the lesson.
But work does not always have to be as complicated as doing experiments or going on the field because some things can be riskier than others.
We can ask students to do things such as researching through reading the necessary content in the library or (with a summary and reflection related to the content) submitting links of videos or images related to the lesson.
As I see their outputs, I get to see how well the students had understood their lesson and how fulfilled they are after seeing their outputs and after going through the hardships that came with making the output.
When the students do more of the work, they are going to be more likely to learn, but teachers should always add their inputs and lay down the foundation that helps the students learn the lesson so the students would have an easier time figuring out what else they should learn or how they should apply what they l earned on their output because no matter what teaching method will be used, the teacher still needs to facilitate the learning experience the student is about to have. ( Paid article)