What’s Wrong with Science Fairs?


It’s not that I have something against science fairs. What I have a problem with is how students in 2017 are expected to showcase their scientific, mathematical, and written knowledge.

I’ve been teaching in one district for 19 years now, and students are still using tri-fold display boards just like they did my first year as a 6th grade teacher. The format hasn’t changed much, yet how I students present other knowledge had changed immensely.

From now on, just say no to display boards and yes to the numerous other engaging ways to share our learning.


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