In due course of my learning and teaching chemistry, I have realised the value and connection of vocabulary and its correlation to the Chemistry/Science jargon. This post is to make one aware of how we learn while explaining things to others (and come to know new things…feel amazed/enlightened).
While innovating in teaching, I have been trying to make students LEARN to Learn rather than only understanding the subject. In this, emphasis is on the expression of the concept…which is in my way bit too elaborative (so much that sometimes I fear of losing the audience).
What this extravagance (mind you it takes a lot of energy) is all about?
This is to make the learner comfortable with each word I say during my conversation with the learner. While achieving this (tell them to use dictionary or search) a few connections are made.
Like when we say REACTION in terms of a chemical reaction, one can explain with the literal meaning of how we “React” to a stimulus. In a similar manner atoms and molecules “React”, when they come too close.
Do we react every time…NO, as is the case with atoms and molecules. They react when the energy criteria is fulfilled.
On similar lines, you can explain the thesis of Stability and Reactivity, or even Resistance.
Let me take you to the POINT…What I want to say?
While doing Stereochemistry lessons and going through some projection formulae (Lesson 2 on this Blog), particularly the slide below, I came to know how casually we use the word Point Of View.
Let me explain this. While taking students to the different possible viewing angles I asked their Point Of View. Then the way I take English word meanings (extravagance you see), I asked them to describe Point Of View. The obvious quick answers were Perspective etc.
Now came the time, when they understood that I was talking about a POINT (see the eye in above image) from which they are VIEWing the molecule.
Thus, we all knew by now what our Point Of Views were and how we can reach to amazing learnings while doing Science.
This is the astonishing power of words that we need to connect and make sense out of. As humans we are judged not only by our behaviour and mannerisms but also how we use words and then also connect them to stitch into a philosophy.