Science is far more than a collection of facts, figures, graphs, and tables. Science is a method for examining the physical universe. It is a way of asking and answering questions. Science is best described by the attitudes of scientists themselves: They are skeptical- they must be able to test phenomena. They hold onto the results of their experiments tentatively, waiting for another scientist to disprove them. If it can't be tested, it's not science. Scientists wonder, they question, they strive to find out why, and they experiment.
The purpose of teaching science is to instill in students an appreciation for the process and content of science. Students study science using a hands-on, inquiry-based approach. This approach allows students to develop and use process skills in order to gain a scientific body of knowledge. Such skills include observing, comparing, classifying, measuring, predicting, inferring, communicating, formulating hypotheses, designing investigations, collecting and interpreting data, and recognizing variables.
The Hobbs Municipal Schools has the following aspirations for all science classes:
1. Understanding that science is more than knowing facts. The
science teachers demonstrate
- a deep foundation of factual knowledge
- an understanding of facts and ideas within a conceptual
- have an organization of knowledge in ways that allow for
retrieval and application
- have knowledge and skills in the inquiry process
2. Students will build new knowledge and understandings on
what they already know and believe.
3. Learning is influenced by the social environment in which
learners interact with others.
4. Effective learning requires that students take control of
their own learning.
5. The ability to apply knowledge to new situations is affected
by the degree to which students learn with understanding.
In the learning process, students will be given extensive opportunity to:
- apply safety practices
- employ curiosity inquiry, critical thinking, and problem solving
- connect to prior knowledge
- collaborate with other students and display respect for
- demonstrate the processes of research and design
- experience a wide range of "hands-on" activities using state
of the art technology
- be accountable and accept responsibility for their learning.