I like being able to offer a genuine extension to students who need to be challenged and stimulated. I like the variety of activities that used cutting, physically moving around the room, creating a booklet, participating in a play and explicit teaching. I look forward to teaching it again.
The lessons feature the modeling of concepts with hands-on ‘concrete’ materials, an instructional approach that provides multisensory learning opportunities allowing all students with learning disabilities to be successfully included, engaged, and educated in Einsteinian physics.
The notable thing about the Einsteinian physics lessons is that students are fully engaged, disruption is rare, and […] the students with learning difficulties are practically indistinguishable from the mainstream students.
The Einstein-First Project team provided outstanding support for our staff. From the first professional development session, to resource and activity orientation and questions arising during teaching sessions, the team was available to answer inquiries or make adjustments as necessary. The positive experience has resulted in increased confidence in teaching STEM through improved understanding of content.
The young, enthusiastic PhD students had the children constantly involved and active, and learning by doing, sometimes in groups, and sometimes with whole class activities. They stretched kids so that by the end they were using vocabulary and clearly understanding concepts that would normally not be introduced until high school…What was surprising was that they [the students] so easily accepted concepts that most adults and teachers find very difficult.
I frequently tell other teachers about the benefits of including Einstein-First lessons in their delivery of the Science curriculum. The activities and experiments included in the program provide rich learning opportunities to explore important and foundational theories about our universe. I saw remarkable gains in achievement and understanding when comparing the pre and post assessment results of my students. I would recommend this program to any teachers that are interested in providing an engaging, accurate and relevant science curriculum for their students.