Last week, Bill Nye spoke to a large crowd on a local college campus. His message was targeted for college students as he encouraged them to have a positive view of the future, tackle climate change, deflect asteroids, and “change the world.” However, he also had a message for the teachers in the audience. He encouraged us to teach passionately so students see what we love about science. He said we need to show students the PB&J of science–that is, the passion, beauty, and joy of science.
PB&J may not always lead to the highest test scores (depending on what’s tested), but exposure to PB&J is sure to lead to increased engagement, which usually leads to more learning. PB&J also leads to students pursuing science for enjoyment and for a career. That, more than higher test scores, should be our ultimate goal. Let’s share some more PB&J this week.