The seed for season 8 got planted while we were on a morning run. I often listen to audiobooks – it makes the miles go by quicker. On this particular morning my earbuds were filled with a book that had nothing to do with science, but everything to do with our ability to teach it. It hit me how what I was listening to could be applied to teaching science at home, really it applies homeschooling in general. And as I was pounding the pavement the seedling of an idea grew into a full-sized, podcast-plant season.
The book was Soundtracksby Jon Acuff – it’s a business book about overthinking with a healthy dose of humor sprinkled in. It’s not an if-you-think-it-it-will-come kind of book – rather it’s about how we change the thoughts, or soundtracks, that narrate our life.
If you are like me, you know that as humans, we tend to focus on the negative. And the premise of Acuff’s book is that we can change those negative soundtracks into ones that will help us slingshot forward. It’s not that we are telling ourselves a lie. It’s more like we are looking for a silver lining or for a single, simple thought that can help us move from a place of paralysis to a place where we can move forward with action.
We stop fighting those soundtracks that are holding us back and find a way to flip them instead. “I can’t teach science the way they do it,” becomes, “I have a unique way to approach teaching science – one that will help me share the wonders of science with my kiddos.”
If you want to listen to the full story, check out the prequel episode to this season.
Without further ado, here are the 9 soundtracks you don’t need to listen to anymore and what we want you to flip them to instead!
Science is too hard.-->Science is simply providing opportunities for the mind to work.
This experiment will fail because all the ones we try fail.-->When we do experiments, we may not get the expected outcome, but we can always learn from the experience.
Science is boring.-->I get to make science fun!
I must teach science.-->I get to teach science in a way that works for us.
I have neglected science for so long that there is no point in starting now.-->I have been sharing silent science and now it is time to put words to what we have seen.
I cannot teach science.-->With the right materials in hand, I can teach science.
Science has to be done in a lab.-->There are lots of ways to see science in action.
I do not know enough.-->What I do not know, I can learn or find someone else who can teach it.
I have to teach it all.-->I get to customize my chosen science program to fit our needs.
I trust that you guys have enjoyed listening to this season as much as I have enjoyed recording it for you. It's so important that we change these negative soundtracks about teaching science. Because when we change the soundtrack we have been listening to about teaching science it changes the way we approach teaching science, which changes the outcome of the success of science education in our home.
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