Giving Up Control by L. Linder

The other day I gave up control.

In Science, I had my 6th graders develop their own investigations. I do this every year, but this year was different. This year, my students are so much more engaged. It is the end of May and they are actually excited about learning. Some comments…

“Usually, you tell us what to do, what to learn. Today I am excited because I get to decide what to learn.”

“Mrs. Linder, when we put our bean in the coffee it did this weird, whoosh thing.”

To me, the experiments are simple, almost silly. Will a lima bean seed grow faster in Monster or water? Most of the investigations are a variation of this and the answer seems so simple. Yet to them, they are discovering something that may revolutionize the lima bean growing industry.

It is late May and kids are coming in to make observations, take measurements, take care of their beans, and record everything in the data charts THEY created.

Giving up control couldn’t be any better.

Mrs. Linder teaches sixth grade science at Lake Zurich Middle School South, Lake Zurich, IL. She continually sets high, achievable goals for her students and supports them throughout the learning process.


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