This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while now and really wanted to put out there on my blog.
I want to talk about science experiments vs. science labs. I use both. I love both. I see value in both. But, I think we as teachers really need to work to make sure we have both in our classrooms. When I use the word “experiment” with my students, we are testing something. There is a variable involved and we are asking a question and attempting to find the answer through inquiry.
When we are doing a science lab, we are demonstrating something we know to be true by following directions that I have written.
I equate science experiments with inquiry, even though there are multiple ways to go about answering questions depending on the type of question asked.
I made this chart below with how I understand experiments and labs.
|My Understanding of Science Experiments and Science Labs|
My goal for the next school year is to incorporate more experiments and inquiry-based learning experiences. I hope you all will do the same! 🙂