“Over a year ago, I began participating in Chevron’s Enjoy Science’s professional development workshops, and, as a result, I have become a more impactful teacher – a fact that is best demonstrated through my students’ rising test scores and genuine interest in science. At workshops, education experts from Kenan Institute Asia and Teachers College at Columbia University introduced me to the latest pedagogical practices, which enable math and science teachers to enhance classroom learning and spark student curiosity. Today, my classes are very much student led and feature kids conducting hands-on experiments, working together to tackle challenging problems, and asking questions. Furthermore, I am constantly collecting data and evaluating student comprehension to refine and improve my teaching.
Although I have been implementing these techniques in my classroom for only a short time, the early data looks promising. For example, of my 23 students, 57% now say that they enjoy studying science and 30% received qualifying test scores to attend the provincial school’s science branch, a significant achievement for the extended opportunity school in Udon Thani.
I believe it is my duty to ensure that science students are developing their knowledge and critical thinking capabilities every time they enter the classroom. Providing students with opportunities to develop hypotheses, design experiments, and articulate their ideas are essential to building critical thinking skills. Students trained using inquisitive learning methods, rather than traditional rote learning, will acquire the skills that ultimately lead to the creation of bold, innovative, and transformative ideas.”