We started a new unit this Term. It is based around chemical science. To tune the children in, the junior unit decided to conduct rotational experiments. The kids got to dress as a mad scientist. So I chose balloons being blown up with vinegar and baking soda. What struck me as interesting was the children's reactions. The first group, I followed my planner, asked good questions like I had planned. The session went well but it didn't capture the kids. Something was missing. I had technically ticked all of the boxes yet it didn't feel right. So the next session, I added in humour and a bit of theatre. Extreme overacting. The juniors loved it! They engaged twice as much and left the room buzzing. It wasn't what I taught, it was how I delivered it! A timely reminder to us all. It's often not what, it's how.
Annette Palma and Carley Rogozik/ Dawson