At Heronfield we have 5 core values: Honesty, Respect, Diligence, Caring, and Celebration. These values are woven into the fabric of everything we do at school, from recess to advising to music performances and of course our work in the classroom.
In the science laboratory, students are challenged to be strong collaborators, and to live the core values in their work with others. This past week seventh graders dove into the world of the microscopic and went on a protist safari. Using pond water samples they observed several species of swimming unicellular organisms. Ameobas oozed across the slide, engulfing food particles. Paramecium spun across the field of view, beating their cillia in unison. Green Euglena appeared in hoards.
Working at the microscope can be frustrating and disheartening. We use this opportunity to return to our core values and discuss the importance of collaboration with all kinds of people, including our close friends, and those with whom we disagree. We practice simple acts of sharing and careful communication around the lab bench.
In these ways Heronfield students become both better scientists, critical thinkers and citizens of our school community.