Cardinal-Roy: Science or Sciences

This @rticle was posted by Djeault on Friday, May 9th, 2008 at 12:32 pm
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Teaching Sciences Rather Than ESL

§ 1. Today, Friday, even though I’m actually an ESL teacher, I’m replacing a science teacher at the first cycle; the first group are secondary II, mise à niveau students. We will be building parachutes; all went fine and the students got quite seriously into the activity… I’m now during lunch time waiting for periods 3 and 4 to start…

§ 2. As for my two periods this afternoon, in science again, the students will be watching the Movie The Island, starring Scarlett Johansson and Ewan McGregor. The movie relates to clones and cloning, an aspect of science, which raises many ethical questions…

§ 3. At the general sector of the school, there are (only) three videos; last Monday, there was only one remote control device for all three videos, but today Friday, it has disappeared, likely borrowed by a student, some teachers say… I should mention that the said remote control had no more cover for the batteries: the first time I used it, masking tape held the batteries in; another time, the batteries went dead and a student offered two of his calculator’s batteries…

§ 4. If I had to start the video at the beginning, at both periods, it wouldn’t be a problem; however, at the first period, I must start it somewhere in the middle since they started watching it yesterday: the problem is that one cannot forward the DVD, without the remote control! So, finally, since there was no remote control yesterday either, they had to listen to the first part in English; therefore, the students convinced me to restart the movie at the beginning because yesterday, they didn’t quite understand anything…

§ 5. In order to solve the problem and since I heard someone mention there was two new videos with two new remote controls at the school’s supplies store, I went and got one, but I had to promise to bring it back after class… Needless to say, I’m keeping a jealous eye on the remote control. Indeed, it seems they might have to throw out the videos left without remote control; nevertheless, a video now cost only $40; at that price, I’d say the school should buy a dozen; shouldn’t they?

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