Young minds always have brilliant questions.
“Sir, who invented the earth?”
“Why all the other planets in the solar system are revolving around Sun, sir? Why can’t Sun revolve around us?”
“My mom told me that God created all of us. Then, who created the God, sir?”
During the beginning of Term III in my first year of teacher life, I was often amazed to see the young inventors of my class room asking such curious questions. I used to get excited and try explaining the concept of Universe scientifically. But, whenever I try answering them instantly from my knowledge, the kids came up with the follow up questions, which are are quite tough (honestly! :P).
So one day, I decided to do an exclusive morning meeting* on the birth of Universe – and and introduced the kids to the Big Bang Theory!
[*morning meeting – the first 20 minutes of every day, during when we facilitate activities inculcating values and exposure for the children and energize them for the whole day of learning]
The kids watched a video and listened to the story of how the Universe evolved by continuous expansion and how the scientific matter played an essential role in creating each and everything in the space. When I actually expected kids will get all their answers to the questions on their mind by knowing the Big Bang theory, it finally ended up creating even more curiosity among them. I also told them that is one among the many theories proposed about the origin of Universe, and they can explore even more about this.
When I closed out the morning meeting about the origin of universe, one of kid posed a question,
“Sir, so you’re telling that there are many galaxies, stars and planets do exist. How did the humans chose that they want to live only on the planet Earth?“
To such an amazing question I replied, “We, the humans never chose Earth. It is the Earth who chose us and who provide us this living habitat. We are all evolved from the mother Earth. And that’s why, it’s the duty of every individual to protect our Earth.”
After this particular incident, I noticed the kids developed a natural interest towards space science and they started reading more about space through the books available in library. It was so fascinating to see the children extending their knowledge beyond the basics of solar system about which they have a lesson in Grade IV.
The enthusiasm of the kids reflected a lot on our class room culture. We changed our class room call-in-response* to “Big Big.” : “Bang Bang”. And we also started following a new seating position called “universe position” and switched from the conventional smart position.
[*call-in-response (or the attention grabber) – something we use in our class room to bring the attention of the kids back to the teacher from an activity]
It was quite fabulous for me as a teacher, to see how the curiosity of the children to know new things in the world drove the class room culture and also helped in the learning of the students. Whenever we learn a new thing about space science, the kids naturally get excited in my class room!
Through this experience with my kids, I learned an incredible lesson:
Teaching is not complete when we transfer the skills and knowledge; it’s accomplished only when we kindle the curiosity of the students and their thirst to learn more.
Later towards the end of the year in March, we had a drawing competition about scientific innovations. One of the kid, Prathyangara Devi crafted this thoughtful drawing about the importance of invention.
Before invention: Earth at the middle. Sun & all the other planets revolve around.
After invention: Sun at the middle. Earth & all the other planets revolve around.
Are you thinking about heliocentric, geocentric theories & Galileo?
Yes exactly, the kid portrayed the same thing about which she will be elaborated in detail 7 years later in Grade XI Physics. 🙂
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