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Reflections on Science: the Development of the Hawkins Room for Messing About with Materials and Ideas

by Mary Lynch, Lauren Foster Shaffer, and Ellen Hall
November/December 2009
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A reflection on science teaching and learning
by author Mary Lynch

One of my fondest memories of the Master's ­program through the University of Colorado, Denver and ­Boulder Journey School was the day that ­Frances and David Hawkins came to one of my seminars to speak. I had read their work and heard stories about them from our Professor, Ellen Hall, but I was not prepared for the profound impact that meeting them would have on my life as a teacher, and the way I have felt about teaching ever since. The visit with Frances and David was not a typical graduate school lecture. In fact, the two spent more time listening than they did speaking. They wanted to hear our ­stories: what we remembered about our own education and why we wanted to become teachers. By giving us the opportunity to reflect on our experiences, we were able to learn a great deal.

I began to wonder why as a child I was uninterested in science in school, even though I was naturally drawn to the outdoors, loved nature, and was naturally inquisitive. It didn't take me long to realize that I probably gleaned more of my knowledge ...

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