I am excited to make time for two open lab sessions this year! I will host open lab on Tuesdays and Thursdays after lunch from 12-1. All MK and OK have a chance to earn open lab time through critical thinking, collaboration, careful use of materials and inspiring scientific behaviors! I will track this in class time on Thursdays and Fridays and post the list of invitees outside my classroom door on Tuesday and Wednesday morning.
Every child will get a chance before I invite kids back for a second time. I will use this as a reminder of behaviors I adore, policies and procedures that are expected and focused attention in science class. Open lab is ultimately meant to allow students the time to tinker, follow experiments and use the Innovation Station tools and science toys freeley.
If your student misses their open lab time they will have to wait until later. The procedure for checking open lab invites is clear and meant to be part of an independent process, just as their time during lab will be.
I provide all the consumable materials, experiment resources, inspiring videos, guidance and safety: but there is not a topic or expectation for what they do with their time. A few of the popular choices so far are shown in pictures below.
If your student has not been invited to open lab, DO NOT WORRY> the list is 20 kids per week so it will take a bit of time to get to everyone. If they have only come once by December, chances are they are having a hard time with some aspect of science class. This may be a good time to talk to them about “what they have loved or is hard for them.” Feel free to email me if you have any feedback or questions.