I mentioned this book yesterday (and I reiterate my dissatisfaction with the concept of ‘exceptionally bright’ children), but… that aside, I like Gadzikowski’s approach to science education. She writes:
“Regardless of what scientific topic captures the interest of the children in your class, you will be best equipped to challenge the […] children if you structure your science-related curriculum using the scientific method. The scientific method is a standardized technique used in the field of science and science education for investigating scientific or natural phenomena and deepening our understanding of how the world works. The scientific method follows a sequence like this:
- Ask a question.
- Do preliminary research on the question.
- Construct a hypothesis, which is a possible explanation as to how or why something occurs.
- Conduct an experiment or make intentional observations that test the hypothesis or try to show it is wrong.
- Analyze the data and draw a conclusion.
- Communicate the results by presenting your findings to others.” (p.98)
Ref: Ann Gadzikowski (2013) Challenging Exceptionally Bright Children in Early Childhood Classrooms. Redleaf Press: St. Paul, MN; NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children): Washington