Race to the Top Bolsters Instruction in Buncombe County Schools

Race to the Top Bolsters Instruction in Buncombe County Schools


The most important thing I do, I think, is
hands-on science experiments, investigations that are inquiry based. Recently we’ve
gotten a lot more materials; lots of kits, equipment purchased, which has helped our
investigations. The kits themselves have become inquiry based. I think the students get a
better fundamental understanding of the way the universe works. I teach science
so that’s what I’m teaching, basically teaching how nature works. And when they’re using the actual
materials instead of looking in a textbook or listening
to me lecture about it, they’re going to get a way better
understanding of what’s going on in the universe. “Which one of our joints like actually goes
com (whistling sound)?” “Look what you just did!” One of the other things that we’re
doing is we’re introducing a lot more technology into our classroom, and that
opens up a lot of virtual lab simulations. Virtual simulations give us an
opportunity to investigate those types of concepts in a safe way. We were at
a point where we needed some type of resource or supplement that
we could use for our students because our old textbook
was becoming outdated. The standards have changed. With the aid of Race to the Top funds we were
able to purchase an online textbook. What’s nice about it
is it’s constantly growing, evolving, changing, so if the standards change it changes with it. It’s aligned with our
standards. I hope what it’s doing is saying that
science is fun. It opens up their idea of what a scientist is. There’s lots of neat things you get to
use. (Students discussing project) It’s opening up to them what kind of
future there is for a science career later on in life.

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