The Teacher Tip
Find the Science in Everyday Tasks
April 19, 2017
Adapted from Sharing Books, Talking Science by Valerie Bang-Jensen and Mark Lubkowitz.
When viewed through a scientific lens, even the most mundane task or minute detail can be contemplated in relation to its scientific significance. For instance, what is it about a disheveled room that bothers us? Does it push your buttons when you walk into a messy room? You have probably said, “I can’t find anything in here” Being Natural pattern seekers, when the pattern is disrupted as it is in a messy room, it takes more mental thought to navigate the space, and it really is harder to find things because pattern is how we locate objects. We expect to find the blocks in the block corner and not under Hawa’s desk because that’s the pattern. When we tell our children, “It’s time to pick-up,” we’re really saying, “Time to reset the pattern.”
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