Science education or education of any kind is, in my understanding, sharing a passion with a people that you have formed a deep personal relationship with. In this respect, I make every effort to win the students over to my side by doing the small things that on the surface are in no way related to science. These small things would include: knowing their names and the pet names they use amongst themselves, knowing the meanings of their names and the etymologies of the names, memorizing their birthdays, noticing a bandage on a finger and taking deep concern in how they got injured, cleaning with them when they have cleaning duty, etc. I am cognizant of the impact of the personal touch on learning.
The war to win the hearts is coupled with an aspiration to have a good command of my subject and effective lesson delivery. I take great effort to prepare for a 50min lesson especially for my middle school science classes. Preparing for small, exciting and meaningful lesson activities takes the bulk of my day. I aim to have all my worksheets contain clear instructions on the direction the lesson should take. Science education is experiential learning and I spare no effort to have all facts in science be derived out of an analysis of empirical evidence. "People generally remember 90% of what they do as they perform a task" according to American Educationist Edgar Dale in his treatise, Cone of Experience. To teach science is to provide direct purposeful experiences or taking students through the real experiences underlying a scientific phenomenon.