We are living in a golden age of science writing. Truly, there is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to high quality, literary, informative reading material about both historical and contemporary science. In the last 24 hours alone, I’ve come across two long-form articles and a chapter from a book* that I’d like to share with my high school biology students, if only there were enough time. I believe strongly in the value of connecting science with literature and history – doing so makes both the humanities and science more relevant and comprehensible.
Labs are always at the core of my classes, but that doesn’t mean I shy away assigning reading material to my students. Quite the contrary, in fact. I’m confident that my students benefit the literary non-fiction I assign, but I also wish that I was working with an English and/or history teacher in this area. A collaboration would make a significant difference to the students – they’d be able to delve deeper into into the writing and get more from it.
I love my work as a homeschool instructor, but one of the things I miss is not being able to work with other teachers. I look forward to the day when I once again have colleagues to collaborate with.
*Diamond, Jared M. “How to Make an Almond.” Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. New York: W.W. Norton, 1998. N. pag. Print.
Pollan, Michael. “The Intelligent Plant.” New Yorker 23 Dec. 2013: n. pag. Web. 1 Sept. 2015.
Sacks, Oliver “Face-Blind.” New Yorker 30 Aug. 2010: n. pag. Web. 1 Sept. 2015