FULL CIRCLE SCIENCE
Children and instructors deserve to learn and be challenged in ways that reveal, enhance, and share their skills with others. To love science, children need to experience its deep relevance to their lives, not learn disconnected facts or simply meet standards. Instructors and children deserve to understand the beauty and interconnectedness of the world we share, and they deserve a curriculum with an iterative, vigorous, and coherent structure that makes visible that interconnectedness. Teachers deserve more support not only with meeting standards, but also with background information, interdisciplinary applications, differentiated lesson plans, and the freedom to optimize their own teaching style and strengths. Instructors and young people deserve a science curriculum that promotes authenticity and mindfulness, as well as contextualizes their relationships to family, class, school, community and society.
Full Circle Science provides coherent, interconnected, multidisciplinary lessons that every child, no matter their learning style or academic level, can enjoy; and lessons which every instructor, whether a dedicated science instructor, general education teacher, or homeschool parent can look forward to teaching.
This curriculum is iterative, meaning that topics are repeated from year to year, building deep understanding across the realms of scientific inquiry. Each year students start with the self as an individual and end with the self as a member of the global community. Instructors can select activities that meet the needs of individual children, multiple grades, their school, district, state and also the national standards--without sacrificing coherence and continuity. The curriculum is iterative so once an instructor and student understand the basic structure of science then they'll be able to navigate through any topic, understanding the interconnectedness of science and the world we inhabit. The ultimate goal of the curriculum is to build self-confident, authentic, mindful individuals with healthy lifelong habits including the ability to utilize the scientific process in daily life, and with a sustainable approach to life in society.
Full circle science has evolved over a period of over ten years while Jen Seron has been teaching various levels of science to PreK through undergraduate young people in New York City. The seeds of the Full Circle framework were planted back in 1989 during Jen's MS.
Jen Seron developed Full Circle Science lesson-by-lesson over the last ten years in response to specific student interests and the obvious need for a cohesive, iterative, comprehensive, interdisciplinary science curriculum which would not only meet state and national standards but also excite children and teachers, connect one lesson to the next, from topic to topic, and among Life, Earth and Space, Physical and Chemical Sciences, meet the developmental and academic needs of a variety of learners with wildly different learning-styles, and be relevant to individuals in the context of their own lives, family, classes, schools, communities, and society. The goal of each lesson is to inspire students to optimize their skills and to both learn and enjoy doing science.