For many of us, our only memory of Newton’s Laws of Motion is a dry description in a textbook or a boring lecture. We might know what the principles are, but identifying with them is a bit tenuous.
But for students in Teresa Gross’ fifth-grade class at Westwood Elementary School in Greenwood, these fundamentals of physics are marbles or coins. And activities that might seem like games actually are demonstrations of principles, taught in a way that not only makes them real but memorable and useful for a lifetime.
This approach to the teaching of science has earned Gross the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. As recognition for her skill in teaching science, she receives a trip to Washington, $10,000 and the possibility of meeting President Barack Obama.