We had a great program today with the 3rd and 4th graders from The Saratoga Academy (Clifton Park). What a terrific group of kids! The highlight for me was durring the first floor exhibit tour. I stopped at the race car engine, in an attempt for students to recognize and understand what lies under the hood (or trunk in some cases) and ask them to give me three ways to start an engine. This ties in the past, present and future of automobile manufacturing as the answers I am looking for are; Hand Crank, Key and now Push button (as they start the electric cars of today and the future). However, as I called on one young man in the front row and asked him to share one of the ways that you can start an engine, his answer (straight faced and as honest as only a child can be) was...HOT WIRING!!!! Time for me to go back to my tour speech blackboard and edit my "engine" question to; "Can you tell me the four ways you can start an engine?"!
As teachers, we must constantly adapt our teaching practices and techniques to help fit the age level and needs of our students. It's moments like the one above that proves this theory and makes my job more interesting every day!