I enjoy challenging students to engage in hands-on scientific inquiry. In fact, I’m always telling my students and colleagues that I don’t want our students to think and act like scientists. I want them to think and act as scientists.

Here are three things we can do to make that happen.

1. Create an environment that helps students take ownership of their learning.
To effectively teach science, it’s vital to create an environment where students can ask questions and make discoveries, rather than simply being told what they need to know to do well on a test. Creating this environment requires teachers giving...

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  • About the Author:

    Ryan Reardon is a teacher at the Jefferson County International Baccalaureate Irondale Campus, which is part of the Jefferson County School District in Alabama. In 2015, he was the Alabama winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science, the highest honor bestowed by the government on K-12 math and science teachers. In 2017, the National Association of Biology Teachers recognized him with the Alabama Outstanding Biology Teacher Award.