Great educators have great stories. This series gives a glimpse of the ideas, practices, and experiences of the recipients of the NEA Foundation’s California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence. Today, we’re sharing the words of Candice Lansford, a science educator at Mountain View Middle School in Alamogordo, N.M.
I love to show students things they have never seen before.
Once, I learned that a student in my class did not know that beans were a plant and could grow. Recognizing an opportunity to unlock my student’s curiosity, I designed an experiment to conduct in class.
My student became a scientist that day. It brought so much joy to me to watch my student grow. The student became a leader, teaching others about all they had learned.
When I can connect to what a student sees every day, I know that I am raising their curiosity, which in turn promotes a greater interest in what they are learning. My hope is for students to share with family what they have learned. I know this happens because often, during parent-teacher conferences, the first words out of a parent’s mouth are “my kid loves science!”