So pleased to be invited back to the Annual Canadian Rockies Public School District Science Fair. First and foremost, a big shout out to Shari Worobey, uber-organizer, and to Canmore Rotary. Shari once again had her ducks – and all the kids’ projects – lined up in a row. Canmore Rotary supported the project not just with dollars but with volunteers – close to 40, I believe. The judges came from many sectors. It all proves once again, the added value the community pumps into our schools.
Once again Shari gave the judges a combo training session and pep talk. She spoke of how the students had taught her, as they presented. She mentioned that although she teaches languages arts and not science, the use of the scientific method is germane to all curriculum, as well as practice doing presentations. She encouraged us to learn from the students as we used provided rubrics to grade the projects.
The two hours of judging flew by as I listened to the students, asked questions and parsed the results. There were miles of aisles and the gym was packed out with people.
Kudos to everyone involved. I’ll be back next year… if you’ll have me. I get a bit of a window into how difficult a teacher’s job is, and, as I mentioned last year, I am grateful for the insight.