Tyler DeWitt Posted over 1 year ago Tyler DeWitt: Hey science teachers -- make it fun Young and naîve! I appreciate the "young" part! Lawrence, we're not in disagreement. I'd never advocate teaching a higher-level college class through the techniques I discuss in this talk. But high school students who are 14 years old are completely different creatures than 21 year-old university students, and it frustrates many educators (myself included) when others criticize more accessible teaching methods targetted to 14 year-olds because they don't think they'd be appropriate for 21 year-olds. You want to be a serious university professor--that's fine. But for me to teach the very basics of my field and get the students to love science--that requires a completely different approach. I agree that learning isn't always a "fun" experience. But it should always be a rewarding experience. I wish the health club analogy were apt: people working out start with light weights and build up strength and work harder, and see results, and the cycle continues. But the view from where I teach looks very different. My analogy would be that much of schooling is like forcing horribly out-of-shape people to run a marathon they have no interest in participating in and have not trained for, and then screaming at them when they pass out from exhaustion after a mile or two. We've got to start somewhere, and we've got to start gently. Once students learn the "big picture," learning the details is a cinch. Once students enjoy a subject, they don't mind putting more and more time into studying it. At least that is what I see in my own classroom.