Dear Teachers and Parents,
Let me introduce a wonderful new program to you, the SymmetryScience curriculum. In my work as a curriculum consultant in the Greater Boston area, I have been privileged to observe teachers delight in the clarity of its ideas and its simple lesson preparation. I have watched students become deeply involved in its experiments and journals, graphic analyzers, and embedded stories. And I have felt the relief of administrators who see in the SymmetryScience curriculum a program encompassing everything needed to bring about systemic change in science. Throughout my career as teacher, curriculum writer, and school administrator, I have despaired at the lack of continuity in our science programs. I have understood the frustration of teachers who feel ill prepared to teach science. Students have enjoyed a plethora of hands-on experiences, and excellent kits and materials have been available. But what has been missing was the "tool kit" of skills and understanding similar to those that learners acquire and use with greater and greater sophistication in the language arts and mathematics. Where were these basic building blocks in science? How were students to connect all of their disparate pieces of scientific information? Most alarming of all, how were they learning and practicing the process of scientific inquiry?
The SymmetryScience program has been a thrilling discovery for me. It has been the answer to all of these perplexing questions about school science programs. A gift to students, teachers, and administrators, the SymmetryScience curriculum was created with the intention of making students literate in science! Designed by bio-physicist, neurologist, and teacher Peter Bergethon to parallel the developing cognitive growth of students, the SymmetryScience program begins teaching the foundation of scientific inquiry, a Language of Patterns, as early as kindergarten. At the same time, the SymmetryScience curriculum is rich with stories of great scientists and young people who, like the students themselves, find mystery, wonder, and delight in the world around them.
Your journey as a teacher of this welcome program is about to begin. When you have your Teacher's Guide, easily understandable knowledge about science will be at your fingertips. You will not have to "know the answer", rather, you and your students will learn together a new language of science and a new way of understanding your world.
Barbara Carlson, 1998