As educators, we’re in the midst of an exciting shift in the way science education is delivered and experienced. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) replaces the traditional, didactic model of teaching with student-driven curiosity, exploration, and discovery. Curiosity and wonder are positioned at the center of science education. Curiosity and wonder drive the learning!
It’s critical to note that curiosity and wonder originate from our experiences with phenomena and novelty. At the heart of education, phenomena and novelty captivate students and propel learning. Research shows that novelty, above all else, captures our attention, sparks curiosity, and keeps us engaged. Introduce novelty into your lessons and you will have one of the most powerful educational tools ever!
I believe our primary objective in the science classroom is to cultivate engagement though curiosity experienced by phenomena and novelty. To meet that need, this site is entirely devoted to phenomena, novelty, curiosity, and the engagement they ignite! I’ve packed the site with innovative strategies to introduce startling phenomena and novelty into your classroom, maximizing student engagement!
Mancuso Science is dedicated to igniting the wonder in your classroom! Bring phenomena and novelty into your classroom and deliver the wonder to your students! As you explore the site, I’m confident you’ll discover the most innovative and powerful tools to maximize curiosity, wonder, and engagement in your classroom!
There is so much to share, and I’m so excited to learn with you!
Dr. Vince Mancuso