Eva Matušková

General Secretary, Jeunesses Musicales Czech Republic

About Eva

Languages

Czech, English

Areas of Expertise

Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Educating

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Eva Matušková
Posted over 2 years ago
Tyler DeWitt: Hey science teachers -- make it fun
Thank you for your kind response. It's probably different in a different country. I live in the Czech Republic (Central Europe) and the main problem I see here isn't that the teachers wouldn't know how to get students motivated, they just don't do that. Textbooks should be better and scientifically more up to date and the whole system needs a big improvement but the main problem is in individuals. My current colleagues don't control me at all - as they should, I'm the newbie - and when they see me carrying some properties (lab equipment, chemicals, notebook and projector, anything helpfull - like a sock to demonstrate phacytosis), they look surprised (not pleasantly). I hope it's better in your country. My students don't really need to connect the subject to their interests primarily (I think), they're still very curious. And it's not very difficult to make biology interesting and remarkable and fun. Chemistry is the tricky one because they need to manage the craft - equations, formulas... On the other hand - chemistry is a very practical everyday thing. Teaching in general is a demanding job but if you really want to make it work...
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Eva Matušková
Posted over 2 years ago
Tyler DeWitt: Hey science teachers -- make it fun
I'm sure that my comment won't be welcomed but... this talk contains nothing new or inspirational. With all the respect to Mr. DeWitt (I'm really glad to see someone thinking about teaching), we live in the 21st century! We already know, that making the kids read the textbook isn't a teacher's job. And that the science teacher should be partly a storyteller, a scientist, an actor, a manager, a cool enthusiastic crazy person, a psychologist, a guide more that a leader... I'm speaking from a position of a starting chemistry and biology teacher and I know that I¨m going to be "starting" a long time and I'll spend my whole life making my work better, more sophisticated and more suitable to my current students. When I saw the title of the talk, I was really excited, happy to learn something new. Now I'm disappointed. Is this really all we have? "Don't rely on textbooks" and phenolphthalein magic? And I wouldn't cut the academic part that much, students aren't stupid, it's just new for them and they think differently than adults (even if we skip the complicated hormonal part :-). Thank you for your attention and sorry for my poor English.