Effective teaching begins with passion. A passion for teaching students to think critically, work collaboratively. And an eagerness to help students find their own love of learning. Students are most likely to truly understand a concept or a skill when activities are engaging. And allow for various opportunities to demonstrate their understanding. Allowing time for students to apply their knowledge through the use of manipulatives. And also designing their own projects through the prism of differentiation. Also, seeing real-world application of concepts makes the classroom come alive.
Learn HOW to think and not WHAT to think!
It is the belief of MidnightStar that teaching students through active engagement. It is best to allow them to learn HOW to think and not WHAT to think. Many years of experience and endless modification of activities has allowed for this website. These engaging activities to be offered to other teachers who have the same passion. As well as eagerness to watch students think critically and see the world around them in a new light.
Teaching is a passion, as are the subjects of geology and astronomy for MidnightStar! It is an honor to introduce students to these unique fields of science that have such a direct connection to the real-world. Few topics are as engaging as geology and astronomy. Grabbing the attention of students with these subjects is made easy with the activities provided here. It is exciting to be able to share with other teachers the work that has accumulated over twenty years that have proved to be successful in student learning.
Discoveries such as the amber containing a dinosaur tail, giant footprints left by dinosaurs in Australia. And hundreds of exoplanets detected by astronomers are but a few perfect “hooks” for teachers to use to engage students. If you want to make your classroom come to life, grab the attention of students and help students to think critically, you have come to the right site!
Join me and many others as we introduce students to the world of science!