Dear Roy & Dora Whitman Academy Community,
Happy New Year! We are excited to be back in full swing after a long winter's rest.
Elementary teachers are gearing up for the science fair coming up at the end of the month. A lot of parents dread the science fair because it means extra work and anxiety on the home front pushing children to meet deadlines. I'd like to take this opportunity to explain why we continue to promote and practice the science fair at our school despite the stresses involved.
The work that students need to perform to investigate and perform a science experiment are great opportunities to have students involved in individual research, creative, hands-on learning, and problem solving in a logical, scientific sequence that hones their skills for truth seeking as they go through life. They learn how to find reliable sources of information, how to think critically and summarize and synthesize information they read, how to logically follow through a process to gain correct information, how to make careful observations and consider how they may have or have not collected accurate results, how to prepare and make a quality presentation to a group of adults, and much more. This is valuable learning. It is also highly individualized in the upper levels. Instead of learning what everyone else is learning despite their interest in a topic, students get to pursue understanding of an area that piques their curiosity.
The science fair is a big part of our motto:
Godliness- learning how to pursue, distinguish, and present the truth and acknowledge sources
Responsibility- meeting deadlines
Inquisitiveness- going after the answers to questions and "wonderings"
Pursuit of excellence- creating quality presentations and reports
This type of rich learning does take time, BUT it is worth it.
Courage, my dear parents.
Julia Nuqul, M.Ed, Ed.D.
Head of School
Roy & Dora Whitman Academy